Friday, June 3, 2011 - Investec Oaks Surprise
INVESTEC LADIES’ DAY, EPSOM
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011
Bookmakers William Hill emerged from Friday’s Epsom action only partially unscathed with the defeat of hot Investec Oaks favourite Blue Bunting softening the blow of Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey - after the pair were available as the firm’s early-morning price enhancements.
As the official betting partners, Hills are putting their heads on the block in true style on Investec Derby Day by offering Industry-standout prices for the most talked-about contenders in Epsom’s premier Classic.
A huge 3/1 will be available for long-time antepost favourite Carlton House, and 6/1 for substantial recent market mover Pour Moi. This offer is available through all channels from 8am.
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The Investec Derby (4.00 Epsom): 3-1 Carlton House, 9-2 Recital, 11-2 Seville, 6-1 Pour Moi, 9-1 Native Khan, 14-1 Ocean War, 15-1 Vadamar, 16-1 Memphis Tennessee, 25-1 Masked Marvel, Treasure Beach, 50-1 Pisco Sour, 150-1 Marhaba Malyoon, 500-1 Castlemorris King (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’ (3.15 Epsom): 6-1 Captain Dunne, 13-2 Falasteen, 7-1 Masamah, 8-1 Fathom Five, 12-1 Arctic Feeling, Indian Trail, 14-1 Perfect Blossom, 16-1 Confessional, Beat The Bell, Strike Up The Band, Oldjoesaid, Bertoliver, La Fortunata, 20-1 Jamesway, 25-1 Masta Plasta, Sohraab (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)
Investec Horses Help The Heroes Handicap (1.40 Epsom): 3-1 Boogie Shoes, 4-1 Rain Mac, 5-1 Trojan Nights, 6-1 Malthouse, 9-1 Charles Camoin, 10-1 Tanfeeth, 12-1 Sergeant Ablett, 25-1 Gottany O's, Arabian Star, Great Shot (EW 1/5 1,2,3)
Investec Diomed Stakes (2.40 Epsom): 2-1 Premio Loco, 7-2 Rio de La Plata, 7-1 Awzaan, St Moritz, 8-1 Fanunalter, Vesuve, 12-1 Nationalism, 25-1 Mac Love (EW 1/5 1,2,3)
GOING UPDATE AT END OF FIRST DAY
At the conclusion of racing on Investec Oaks day, clerk of the course Andrew Cooper described the ground at Epsom as good, good to firm in places and is contemplating last year’s course of action with regard to watering overnight.
Cooper said: "We’ll be dropping the rail back from the six-furlong marker and I have it in mind to do as I did last year, which was to water the home straight and put down about 3mm of water. We’ll also probably put a little bit on the flat at the top of the hill and by the mile and a quarter start but I won’t be watering the hill."
He added: "Today has been a very drying day, quite windy and about 24 degrees. The times suggest that it wasn’t that quick - they were a second or two below standard. We’ll put 3mm on just to freshen it up.
"Tomorrow should be a degree or so cooler with perhaps a bit more cloud cover. There is a possibility of a very light shower in the morning but nothing significant.”
Although final crowd figures have still to be calculated for the Hill, the paying attendance at Epsom Downs today for Investec Ladies’ Day is 2,700 up on last year.
Rupert Trevelyan, Managing Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse, was delighted with the afternoon and is looking forward to Investec Derby day tomorrow.
"Today’s attendance increase is a mixture of the general enclosures and hospitality," said Trevelyan. "There has been a great atmosphere and it has been good to see a young well-dressed crowd having fun. It’s great for racing.
"We hope that tomorrow will continue on that trend and the biggest sporting crowd will be here, not at Wembley."
MIMI SHOWS HER STYLE
Mimi Theobald, 26, from Inverness is this year’s winner of the "Style on the Downs" competition after dazzling the judges on Investec Ladies’ Day at Epsom Downs.
Mimi, a milliner by trade, was wearing a vintage 1950s dress in buttercup yellow, which she had bought off the internet auction site e-bay, topped off with a hat of her own creation, and shoes by Kurt Geiger.
Her prize is a luxury river suite weekend at the Hotel Verta in Battersea, with full use of the spa facilities, £1,000 to spend online or in store with Question Air, and a chauffeur driven Jaguar XJ for a day with luncheon at the Savoy River Restaurant thrown in.
INVESTEC LADIES’ DAY WINNERS
1.40pm Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec) (Group Three)
ANTARA (GER) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-6 Frankie Dettori  11/8f
2.10pm Investec Mile (Handicap)
DANCE AND DANCE (IRE) (Mohammed Rashid) Ed Vaughan 5-9-4 Ryan Moore  15/2
2.45pm Investec Coronation Cup (Group One)
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-9-0 Ryan Moore  Evens Fav
3.25pm Investec Investment Stakes (Handicap)
RESURGE (IRE) (Chris & David Stam) Stuart Kittow 6-9-5 Fergus Sweeney  8/1
4.05pm Investec Oaks (Group One)
DANCING RAIN (IRE) (Martin & Lee Taylor) William Haggas 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh  20/1
4.50pm Investec Surrey Stakes (Listed)
HOORAY (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 3-9-3 Seb Sanders  8/11f
5.25pm Investec Opportunity Stakes (Handicap)
NORSE BLUES (Jeff Smith) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-7 James Doyle  8/1
News from the fifth race - The Investec Oaks
RAIN DANCES TO OAKS VICTORY
A bold front-running performance from Dancing Rain and jockey Johnny Murtagh resulted in a three-quarter length victory in the Investec Oaks. Winning trainer William Haggas, who won the Investec Derby 15 years ago with his first (and still only) runner in the race, had not previously had a runner in the Investec Oaks.
"This is what it’s all about," said a hoarse Haggas. "It’s just a matter of getting the right horse and on this occasion the right jockey. She’s a big long-striding filly and we got lucky because we were left alone in front. Johnny was able to pop her back to sleep for a bit and bide his time. But he said that when the other filly (Wonders Of Wonder) came to her she went again and wanted to win.
"Last year she was hopeless but she steadily getting better and she’s still getting better. Johnny was clever but she stays and we didn’t make enough use of her last time. That’s the learning process and she has done it well today.
"My wife Maureen has always ridden this filly at home but unfortunately they had an accident going out of the stalls three weeks ago and Maureen broke her leg. The filly has rewarded her, anyway."
Jockey Johnny Murtagh added: "I was hoping she would be able to make the jump going up to a mile and a half today and it worked. William said he’d be happy for her to go on as she stays well and we got lucky that we didn’t have to do too much in front.
"It was straightforward. I said to William that there was no pace in the race and I think that I will make the running. I watched the videos and she seems to travel very well and she is very uncomplicated.
"William rang me a couple of weeks ago to see if I could ride but I didn’t know if I’d be needed by John Oxx at the Curragh and it was only last Tuesday that I knew I could ride.
"She set a nice pace but she was ducking and diving forever so I knew that there was loads left in the tank. I thought that if we got to the six-furlong pole, she could maintain a good gallop down the last six (furlongs) and it would take something to pick her up in the last half-mile.
"It worked really well for her and she is a lovely big, powerful filly. I think that she broke Maureen’s leg with a kick but I am sure that she is forgiven now!
"I knew that Group Ones were going to be hard to come by this year but you get a name as being a go-to man and thankfully I got it and William rang me up for the ride. You need to be in these big races and you need to be on the animals to come out on top - thankfully, I was on a good one today."
Maureen Haggas added: "It was just one of those silly accidents - it wasn’t her fault - it was one of those silly things but unfortunately I broke my fibula. Having ridden her all winter, I haven’t been able to ride her for four weeks, which has been extremely frustrating.
"Rosie, one of the girls in the yard, has ridden her and she has done a brilliant job. It has been a big team effort.
"I thought that she would stay and I thought that she would come round here because she is beautifully balanced. She got beaten at Newbury unfortunately - she probably should have won - but I thought that she would improve for the trip.
"I looked such an open race. In a normal year, on what she had done, you probably wouldn’t have run but, because it looked so open and I thought that she would come round here, I thought that we might as well have a go and everyone seemed to agree."
MURTAGH’S BOLD PLAN PAYS OFF WITH ALL-THE-WAY OAKS WIN
Trainer William Haggas was quick to pay tribute to Johnny Murtagh, who rode Dancing Rain to a 20/1 victory in the Investec Oaks.
The trainer, hoarse from shouting his filly home, said: "I’ve tried interfering and giving instructions to senior jockeys before but they never listen. It’s my job to tell them how the horses go in the morning and Dancing Rain is a big long-striding filly.
"Johnny had watched the videos of her races and he thought there wouldn’t be much pace so he asked if I minded if he rode her from the front. She ran a great race and was given a great ride."
Haggas, who sent out Shaamit to land the Derby in 1996, added: "Every trainer wants to win a Classic and a British Classic in particular. Everything went according to plan from a long way out and it was just a question of whether Johnny had enough gas left to get home. She’s a big long-striding filly and Johnny thought there’s be no pace and was keen to go on. He showed why he’s one of the best jockeys in the world."
Looking ahead, Haggas selected the Irish Oaks as Dancing Rain’s next target, though she would need to be supplemented for that race.
He said: "She’s done her job so far and we’ll be minding her very carefully. When her regular rider, my wife, who has broken her leg, is back riding her we’ll see how she is and whether to go for the Irish Oaks."
Haggas’s wife, Maureen, who is the daughter of Lester Piggott, broke her leg on the day after her 50th birthday when falling from Dancing Rain during routine stalls practice at home.
"It’s been pretty frustrating for her but I told her that old women shouldn’t be riding because they have brittle bones," grinned the trainer.
Johnny Murtagh, who rushed away to ride at Doncaster after the Oaks, said: "I rode her like she stays. There was plenty to look at coming round there so she didn’t do too much in front. I thought she was going to get headed but she dug deep and in the last 50 metres she got back on top again."
Murtagh, who has won the Investec Derby on three occasions but was winning the Investec Oaks for the first time, added: "It’s great to go by in front here again. These Group Ones are not easy to come by and you have to perform on the big day."
Martin Taylor, who, like his brother and co-owner of Dancing Rain, Lee, is a corporate lawyer in London, SAId: "We’ve been incredibly lucky and that’s understating it. A lot of this game is down to luck but you can increase your chances by surrounding yourself with the right people."
The Taylors have four horses in training - two with Haggas and two with John Oxx in Ireland.
Martin added: "My trainer keeps telling me she’ll be a better four-year-old and this is only her fourth race. Whatever she’s done today we think she’ll only get better."
DANCING RAIN (IRE) FACTFILE -
THE 2011 INVESTEC OAKS WINNER
ch f Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Rain Flower (IRE) (Indian Ridge)
Form: 2-121 Owner: Martin & Lee Taylor Trainer: William Haggas
Breeder: Swettenham Stud Jockey: Johnny Murtagh
The William Haggas-trained Dancing Rain made a pleasing start to her career when finishing three and a half lengths runner-up to the smart Aneedah in a soft ground mile maiden at Yarmouth in October. The Danehill Dancer filly commenced her Classic season with a comprehensive victory in a 10-furlong Newbury maiden on April 15, in which she defeated subsequent Height Of Fashion Stakes runner-up Highest by a length and a quarter. Dancing Rain prepared for Epsom Downs with a good effort in the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies Trial Stakes over 10 furlongs at Newbury on May 13. Ridden by Eddie Ahern, the filly went down by a head to Izzi Top, with the pair three lengths clear of the third. That run came after connections had decided to sidestep the Musidora Stakes due to the filly having a bit of a cough. Maureen Haggas, currently recovering from a broken leg inflicted by the filly during a stalls test, rode Dancing Rain in her homework in the spring and it was her judgement that resulted in the filly being entered for the Oaks. Today she made all the running to land the 2011 Investec Derby by three-quarters of a length from Wonders Of Wonders with her Newbury conqueror Izzi Top a further four lengths back in third. Purchased for 200,000 euros as a yearling at Goffs in September, 2009, Dancing Rain's dam is an unraced three-parts sister to 1992 Derby hero Dr Devious.
Race Record: Starts: 4; Wins: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £196,341.50
Martin Taylor and Lee Taylor
Brothers Martin Taylor and Lee Taylor are relatively new to racehorse ownership but the London lawyers have been enthusiastic followers of the sport for many years and Epsom Downs holds a special place in their affections. Their grandfather was a bookmaker and tic-tac man at the racecourse, and the brothers used to accompany their father to the Epsom spring meeting as small boys. Martin, 50, recalls watching the Great Metropolitan and City & Suburban handicaps as a six-year-old. Martin, who lives in Esher, close to Sandown Park Racecourse, is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate and commercial law. He advised Betfair on the acquisition of 23 per cent of its share capital by Softbank. Lee, 47, is a partner at Linklaters, specialising in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. He has been with the firm since starting out as a trainee solicitor in 1987, having studied at University College London. He resides in the city. The Taylors discovered they had a potential Classic contender on their hands in March. Martin Taylor recalled: "We were driving to Cheltenham in March and the phone rang. It was William (Haggas) to tell us that he wanted to put her in the Oaks. She then won her maiden, which we hoped she would. We expected her to win the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial last time but she hadn't been 100 per cent healthy prior to that and then the race wasn't run to suit her. She wants a faster pace and she should get that in the Oaks." Dancing Rain was the second horse to sport the Taylors' red and green colours, the first to do so being the former John Oxx-trained Alaia. The Sinndar filly won a nine-furlong Tipperary maiden on her second start in May, 2010, but picked up a career-ending injury on her only subsequent outing in the Group Three Give Thanks Stakes later that year. Alaia now represents the Taylor brothers' first foray into breeding as she is currently in foal to Montjeu. The Taylors have four horses in training, two with Oxx and a pair with William Haggas, including Dancing Rain. The Oxx-trained duo are Shaleela, an unraced Galileo filly bought for 200,000 euros as a yearling at Goffs in September, 2009, and a Hurricane Run two-year-old. Haggas also has Aniseed, an unraced two-year-old Dalakhani filly that cost 60,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October, 2010. Bloodstock agent Liam Norris oversees the Taylors' racing interests and purchases yearlings on their behalf. Dancing Rain was their first Classic runner when she won today.
Investec Oaks winners: 2011 DANCING RAIN
Newmarket-based William Haggas has already tasted British Classic success, when winning the 1996 Investec Derby with Shaamit, his only runner in the race so far. His wife Maureen is the daughter of nine-time Derby-winning jockey Lester Piggott. Haggas, born in Yorkshire on August 23, 1960, was educated at Harrow where he captained the school cricket team and his first job after leaving was in his father Brian's textile factory. His mother Christine Feather owned the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Silver Buck, while his father had horses with Jeremy Hindley, for whom Haggas was soon working. He spent time with bloodstock agent David Minton and Brian Mayfield-Smith in Sydney and had two years assisting Sir Mark Prescott and four with John Winter before taking out a licence at Somerville House in Newmarket in November, 1986, and enjoying a first success with Tricky Note at Newmarket on April 15, 1987. Shaamit remains his biggest winner although he has enjoyed a steady stream of Group winners in recent years. Among them have been King's Apostle (2009 Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest), Approve (2010 Norfolk Stakes and Gimcrack Stakes),Count Dubois (2000 Group 1 Gran Criterium), Chorist (2004 Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes), Dupont (2002 Italian and German 2,000 Guineas), his father's Bog Trotter (1990 Champagne Stakes), Superstar Leo (2000 Norfolk Stakes), Conquest (2006 Gimcrack Stakes), Mont Etoile (2006 Ribblesdale Stakes) and Aqlaam (2008 Jersey Stakes). Haggas is a past president of the National Trainers' Federation. Today Dancing Rain gave him a second Classic winner when taking the Investec Oaks. She was his first runner in the Classic and he now has a 100 per cent in both the Investec Derby and the Investec Oaks.
Investec Oaks Record: 2011 DANCING RAIN (WON)
Born in Co Meath, Ireland, on May 14, 1970, Johnny Murtagh, who is married to Orla and has five children, was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. He suffered drink problems early in his career but in 1995 became Irish champion jockey (he was also champion in 1996, 1998 and 2009). He has since gained international prominence, winning the 1995 Breeders' Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year's Beverly D Stakes on Timarida. He enjoyed a phenomenal international season in 2000, winning 12 Group Ones in six different countries, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs and Irish Derby and then the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, winning the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l'Opera on Petrushka and the Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf on Kalanisi. He was the most successful rider at Royal Ascot in 2001 with five wins, including the Gold Cup on Royal Rebel and St James's Palace Stakes on Black Minnaloushe, aboard whom he also won the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He won the 2002 QIPCO 2000 Guineas for Aidan O'Brien on Sir Alex Ferguson's Rock Of Gibraltar and landed a second Investec Derby on what again seemed the O'Brien second string, High Chaparral, and landed a third renewal of that Classic with Motivator in 2005. In 2003 he won the Irish Derby on Alamshar and took a break in the summer to sort out problems with his back and weight. He stepped down from being stable jockey to John Oxx and had a short-lived spell as stable jockey to David Loder. Murtagh rode over hurdles in the 2005/06 season and came close to riding a Cheltenham Festival winner when second on Golden Cross in the 2006 Ladbrokes World Hurdle. With Kieren Fallon out of action, Murtagh was announced as the retained rider for Coolmore for 2008, but announced his departure from the operation at the end of last year, returning to ride for Oxx. His association with the O'Brien stable saw him win a string of top races on stars such as Henrythenavigator, Duke Of Marmalade, Mastercraftsman, Fame And Glory, Rip Van Winkle, Dylan Thomas, Peeping Fawn, Cape Blanco, Soldier Of Fortune and Yeats, who he was aboard for a record-breaking fourth success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2009. Today he made all the running to win the Investec Oaks on Dancing Rain. It was his first win in the premier fillies’ Classic.Investec Oaks Record: 1997 Ebadiyla (6th); 2001 Gay Heroine (6th); 2002 Starbourne (4th); 2003 Halawanda (14th); 2004 Necklace (4th); 2005 Mona Lisa (9th); 2007 Simply Perfect (6th); 2008 Adored (15th); 2009 Perfect Truth (10th); 2010 Remember When (2nd); 2011 DANCING RAIN (1st)
WONDERS WONDERFUL IN SECOND PLACE
Aidan O’Brien had no complaints after Wonder Of Wonders came off second best to Dancing Rain in the Investec Oaks.
Kieren Fallon chased the front-running winner on the Cheshire Oaks heroine but the pair never looked like fully bridging the gap.
Wonder Of Wonders, sent off the 3/1 second favourite, was three-quarters of a length adrift in second, with O’Brien’s Misty For Me finishing fifth and stablemates Why and Eirnin running down the field.
O’Brien said of the runner-up: "I am delighted and she has ran a stormer.
"I suppose we could have done with a better pace but it was the same for all of them and she has ran a great race.
"I think the downhill run unbalanced Misty For Me a bit."
Jockey Frankie Dettori was handed a 10-day ban in the Investec Oaks for failing to ride out for third place aboard the 9/4 favourite Blue Bunting. The suspension takes place from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 26.
BEATEN JOCKEYS’ REACTIONS AFTER THE INVESTEC OAKS
Kieren Fallon, who finished second on Wonder Of Wonders, said: "She just lost her action half way down the straight which didn’t help her chances."
William Buick, who rode the third-placed Izzi Top, commented: "I was very happy with her. She stays a mile and a half well. It was a slow pace and she might not be as good as the first two but she is still very good."
Frankie Dettori, who rode fourth home and 9/4 favourite Blue Bunting, said: "There was no pace and the track didn’t suit her."
Seamie Heffernan, fifth on Misty For Me, said: "My filly ran a good race and we had a good position but the track might have been against her. It is the first time she has come down such a big hill. She has pulled up sound so will be ready to fight again."
Fran Berry, seventh on Siren’s Song, said: "It was a slowly run race and my filly can be keen so I had to drop her in to give her a chance. It turned into a sprint and my filly got a bit unbalanced, but came home well in the last furlong and a half. She is definitely worth another shot in this company."
Joseph O’Brien, at 18 the youngest rider in the race, was eighth on Eirnin. He said: "They went very, very slow, but my filly ran a nice race."
Sam Hitchcott, ninth on Zain Al Boldan, said: "Johnny has had his own way from the front and dictated the race. Half way round Tattenham Corner I thought we might be in trouble but you have to hold her up to switch her off and she did that well. There are no excuses."
Ryan Moore , 10th on Havant, remarked: "Johnny rode a very good race and had things all his own way. My filly just didn’t like the ground."
FIFTH RACE RESULT
4.05pm INVESTEC OAKS (GROUP ONE)
£325,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f 10y. For 3yo fillies Weights 9st Entries 93 pay £800 Confirmed 16 pay £1100 Penalty value 1st £184,502.50 2nd £69,940.00 3rd £35,002.50 4th £17,452.50 5th £8,742.50 6th £4,387.50
1 DANCING RAIN (IRE) (Martin & Lee Taylor) William Haggas 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh  20/1
2 WONDER OF WONDERS (USA) (Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Kieren Fallon  3/1
3 IZZI TOP (Helena Springfield Ltd) John Gosden 3-9-0 William Buick  25/1
4 BLUE BUNTING (USA) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori  9/4F
5 MISTY FOR ME (IRE) (M Tabor, D Smith, S Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Seamie Heffernan 
6 BEATRICE AURORE (IRE) (Benny Andersson) John Dunlop 3-9-0 Ted Durcan 
7 SIREN'S SONG (IRE) (Juliet Cooper) Jessica Harrington 3-9-0 Fran Berry 
8 EIRNIN (IRE) (Anne-Marie O’Brien) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Joseph O'Brien 
9 ZAIN AL BOLDAN (Jaber Abdullah) Mick Channon 3-9-0 Sam Hitchcott 
10 HAVANT (James & Anita Wigan) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-0 Ryan Moore 
11 BLAISE CHORUS (IRE) (John Deer) Barry Hills 3-9-0 Michael Hills 
12 WHY (IRE) (S Magnier, M Tabor, D Smith, Niarchos Family) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Mickael Barzalona 
13 FORK HANDLES (Dr Marwan Koukash) Mick Channon 3-9-0 Jamie Spencer 
Time: 2m 41.73s
Distances: 3/4, 4, sh, 2 3/4, 1/2, 1 3/4, 1 1/4, 2 1/2, sh, 2 1/2, 1 1/4, 41
Breeder: Swettenham Stud
Breeding: ch f Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Rain Flower (IRE) (Indian Ridge)
Totes: Win: £29.20 Places: £4.40, £2.00, £7.20 Exacta: £147.10
Winning Trainer: Name Haggas, William John Date of Birth: 23/8/60 Trains at Somerville Lodge, Newmarket Suffolk Date of first trainer's licence: 20/11/86 First winner: Tricky Note, Newmarket, April 15, 1987, EBF Bartlow Stakes Previous Occupation: Assistant trainer to Sir Mark Prescott and John Winter British Classic wins: (2) Shaamit (1996 Investec Derby - his first (and so far only) runner in the Classic); Dancing Rain (2011 Investec Oaks (first and so far only) runner in the Classic) Other Major wins include: bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup (2008 Conquest), Italian 2,000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2,000 Guineas (2002 Dupont, 2004 Brunel), Audi Stakes (2008 Enticing), Betfred Classic Trial (2006 Primary), Champagne Stakes (1990 Bog Trotter), Park Stakes (1991 Bog Trotter), Joel Stakes (1996 Yeast), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Victoria Cup Handicap (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Molecomb Stakes (2003 Majestic Missile), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2004 Chorist), Gimcrack Stakes (2006 Conquest), Prix du Petit Couvert (2006 Majestic Missile), William Hill Lincoln (2007 Very Wise, 2010 Penitent), John Guest Diadem Stakes (2008 King’s Apostle), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King’s Apostle) Royal Ascot wins (7): Jersey Stakes (2008 Aqlaam), Hampton Court Stakes (2008 Collection), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2010 Approve, 2000 Superstar Leo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2006 Mont Etoile), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), ITM Gimcrack Stakes (2010 Approve) First Royal Ascot Win: Yeast (June 19, 1996 - Royal Hunt Cup) Number of horses in training (1993-2011): 47; 37; 37; 42; 45; 49; 53; 58; 72; 63; 70; 82; 88; 96; 102; 106; 110; 129; Wins in a Year (1991-2010): 25; 13; 13; 22; 19; 27; 12; 24; 46; 45; 39; 43; 44; 46; 53; 59; 66; 86; 69; 59; Wins in 2011: 12
Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Born: May 14, 1970 Background: Attended the Apprentice Jockeys School at Kildare while serving as an apprentice for John Oxx, with whom he stayed with until 2004. Apprentice champion in 1989, winning the senior version in 1995 and 1998, despite lingering weight problems. Used regularly by Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 when Kieren Fallon was injured, and won 12 Group One contests in that season alone. Spent some of 2006 riding over hurdles, but returned to flat racing later that year, and spent 2007 as Ballydoyle’s main jockey in Britain, following the suspension of Kieren Fallon on suspicion of race-fixing, before being given the job full-time because of Fallon’s 18 month ban for failing a drugs test. Split from Ballydoyle in November, 2010, to become retained jockey for the Aga Khan in Ireland. First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (6): Investec Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), Investec Oaks (2011 Dancing Rain), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator) Irish Classic Wins (13): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2009 Again), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka, 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Moonstone)Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2001 (5 wins); 2002 (4 wins), 2008 (6 wins)) Wins in Britain in 2011: 2
ANTARA STRIKES AGAIN IN THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH
Antara, successful in this same race 12 months ago, fought valiantly to gain back-to-back wins in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Investec) in the hands of Frankie Dettori, holding off First City by three-quarters of a length.
Her trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, said: "She won this race last year and we’ve taken our time with her. She runs best when she’s fresh and she was brilliant all the way.
"She has a good turn of foot over a mile and when Frankie [Dettori] asked her, she finished off her race really well.
"We’re happy with her but there’s no firm plan. We’d like to find a better race now."
Dettori said: "That’s the best possible start to Oaks day. It settles the nerves a bit. She travelled really well and got the job done.
"Antara is a nice sort - she has been here before and deserved to win today.
"They went very fast and I ran out of options so I had to kick early but I put the race to bed straight away.
"The ground is amazing - it is like galloping on a snooker table."
FIRST COMES HOME SECOND
First City improved on her eighth-place finish last year to close the gap on dual winner Antara and finish a three-quarters-of-a-length second to the Godolphin mare.
William Buick flew from out of the pack aboard the David Simcock-trained five-year-old but could not get past the Frankie Dettori-ridden winner.
Simcock said: "It suited her as they went flat out and before the race we were looking to be third at best.
"Timepiece went off too fast and you would have to say it was a career best for First City.
"She has been placed in Group Three and Listed races now and to win a Listed race would make it for her."
Clinical delighted trainer Sir Mark Prescott and owners Cheveley Park Stud as the twice-raced filly stepped forward to take third place under Seb Sanders.
Prescott said: "She has ran well and I am thrilled with her.
"The poor owners have had to pay a lot of money to enter her and she has justified her entry with that performance.
"Her owners love Ascot so she will probably go to the Coronation Stakes, although she is also in the Pretty Polly in Ireland.
"She has done enough to justify going to one of those races and she had only had the two runs coming into this."
Timepiece was sent off the second favourite and after blasting off in front she weakened back to fourth place in the hands of Tom Queally.
Trainer Henry Cecil said: "She was travelling well but was just hanging with the rail and perhaps she didn’t like the course.
"She should have run better than she did."
GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE
Frankie Dettori, on board the three-quarter length winner Antara, described the going as: "Perfect - it is fantastic ground which rides like a snooker table."
William Buick, partner of second placed First City, said: "Perfect."
Seb Sanders, jockey of the third Clinical, said: "Good to firm."
Tom Queally, on board fourth-paced Timepiece, said: "Lovely ground."
Richard Hughes, jockey of Mountain Rose, said: "Good to firm."
Matthew Davies, jockey of Saddlers Bend, said: "It is lovely. Perfect ground."
Keagan Latham, rider of Skyway, said: "Good."
Phillip Robinson, rider of Nabah, said: "It is very quick."
FIRST RACE RESULT
1.40pm PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY INVESTEC) (GROUP THREE)
£50,000 guaranteed, 1m 114y. For 3yo+, fillies and mares Weights 3yo.8st 8lb; 4yo+ 9st 6lb Penalties after August 31st, 2010, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 7lb Entries 14 pay £250 Penalty value 1st £28,385.00 2nd £10,760.00 3rd £5,385.00 4th £2,685.00 5th £1,345.00 6th £675.00
1 ANTARA (GER) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-6 Frankie Dettori  11/8f
2 FIRST CITY (Saeed Misleh) David Simcock 5-9-6 William Buick  16/1
3 CLINICAL (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 3-8-8 Seb Sanders  15/2
4 TIMEPIECE (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 4-9-6 Tom Queally 
5 SKYWAY (IRE) (Exors of the Late Leo Caffrey) Richard Brabazon IRE 4-9-6 Keagan Latham 
6 MOUNTAIN ROSE (EG) (J Targett) Mario Hofer GER 4-9-6 Richard Hughes 
7 NABAH (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 3-8-8 Philip Robinson 
8 SADDLERS BEND (IRE) (Christine Cone) George Baker 5-9-6 Matthew Davies 
Non-runners: 2 Crystal Girl (going); 6 Silver Grey (self certificate - bad scope
Time: 1m 43.72s
Distances: 3/4, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 1 1/4, 1, hd, 3 3/4
Breeder: Th. Gehrig
Breeding: b m Platini (GER) - Auenpracht (GER)
Totes: Win: £2.30 Places: £1.10, £2.20, £2.10 Exacta: £14.80
Winning trainer:-Name: bin Suroor, Saeed Date of Birth: November 16, 1968 Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. First Winner In England: Classic Cliche (Dante Stakes, May 17, 1995, York) British Classic wins: (12) Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Investec Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Ivestec Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq; 2004 Rule Of Law, 2009 Mastery) Royal Ascot Wins (31): 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, 2007 Ramonti), 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, 2009 Flying Cloud, 2010 Hibaayeb) King Edward VII Stakes (1999 Mutafaweq, 2008 Campanologist), Queen’s Vase (2002 Mamool, 2004 Duke Of Venice), Jersey Stakes (2004 Kheleyf), St James’s Palace Stakes (2005 Shamardal), Royal Hunt Cup (2010 Invisible Man) Other details: Champion trainer 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004. Completed full set of classic wins following Cape Verdi’s victory in the 1998 1000 Guineas. Wins in Britain (1995-2010): 14: 48: 41: 38: 41: 22: 24: 21: 23: 115: 78; 70; 73; 56; 148; 90; Wins in 2011 (in Britain): 5
Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco. Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Background: Son of dual English 2000 Guineas winning jockey Gianfranco, "Frankie" also came to Britain early in his career to become apprentice for Luca Cumani in July 1985. In 1990, he became the first teenager to ride 100 winners since Lester Piggott. Appointed number one jockey for brand new Godolphin stable in the winter of 1993/94. Champion jockey for the first time in 1994 with 223 winners, retaining his title the following year with 216 victories. Became the first jockey to win all seven races on a card on September 28, 1996, at Ascot. Narrowly escaped death when his plane crashed shortly after take off at Newmarket racecourse in June 2000. He received an honorary MBE on December 29, 2000, and became champion jockey for a third time in 2004 with 195 victories. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Other Achievements: Received Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey at 2006 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs British Classic wins; (14) Investec Derby (2007 Authorized), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting) Royal Ascot wins: 44 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, 2007 Ramonti), Leading rider at Royal Ascot: 1997(4 wins); 1998(7 wins); 1999 (4 wins); 2003 (3 wins); 2004 (6 wins) Wins (1987-2010): 8, 22, 75^, 141, 94, 101, 149, 233*, 216*, 123, 176, 132, 132, 47, 94, 69, 101, 195*, 87, 131, 77, 67; 103; 123; ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins in 2011: 16
DANCE ON TOP
Dance And Dance ran out a convincing two and three-quarter lengths winner of the Investec Mile to the delight of trainer Ed Vaughan.
The five-year-old has been slowly away in some of his recent races and, despite wearing a blindfold in the starting stalls today, he was not quickly away again.
“Last year at Wolverhampton, he did something quite similar to what he has been doing recently at the start. He was in the stall quite a while, he fell asleep, was slowly away and banged his head coming out of the stalls,” said Vaughan.
“He was drawn very badly at Sandown on his second last start and we intended to drop him out but he did the same. We put the blindfold on him today and he still fluffed it a bit but his class took him there - it’s the one track that I knew he would handle.
"He has been unlucky a few times and he really deserves this. He is in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, so he will have a penalty and that is a different track. Last year I ran him in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Ascot and he came back a bit sore, and I think that he is better on a downhill than a flat track.
"I’m delighted with how the horse has progressed and options are open for him. We will look at the Royal Hunt Cup if he is fresh and well but if he is not, then we won’t."
Vaughan’s horses have returned to form this season and the trainer added: "We’ve had a couple of terrible seasons when the horses haven’t been right but I’ve moved back to a stable (Machell Place) on the Bury Road side of Newmarket and gone back to what we were doing before. It seems to have worked. I think four of my last five runners have won, so they are running into form and I am delighted."
START LOOKS RIGHT FOR ROYAL HUNT CUP
Royal Ascot is next on the agenda for Start Right, who finished third to Dance And Dance and Highland Knight in the Investec Mile Handicap. Sara Cumani, wife of trainer Luca, confirmed that the four-year-old, who races in the same colours as stable star Presvis, is now on course for the Royal Hunt Cup.
She said: "We’re absolutely delighted with that run. Luca said he’d have to be Pegasus to win from that draw .
"I don’t think they went that fast either so they didn’t really get strung out and he had to come up the outside. But he was flying and he’s run a fantastic race.
"The plan is to go for the Hunt Cup next."
SECOND RACE RESULT
2.10pm INVESTEC MILE (HANDICAP)
£25,000 guaranteed, 1m 114y. For 4yo+ Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 7lb Weight raised 2lb Minimum weight 8-2 Penalties after May 21st, each race won 6lb Citrus Star's Handicap Mark 100 Entries 26 pay £125 Penalty value 1st £15,577.50 2nd £4,665.00 3rd £2,332.50 4th £1,167.50 5th £582.50 6th £292.50
1 DANCE AND DANCE (IRE) (Mohammed Rashid) Ed Vaughan 5-9-4 Ryan Moore  15/2
2 HIGHLAND KNIGHT (IRE) (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-8-8t David Probert  9/1
3 START RIGHT (Leonidas Marinopoulos) Luca Cumani 4-9-5 Kieren Fallon  6/1F
4 VAINGLORY (USA) (David Simcock) David Simcock 7-8-6 Laura Pike (5)  33/1
5 SPIRIT OF SHARJAH (IRE) (A Dee) Julia Feilden 6-9-2 Jimmy Quinn 
6 EXTRATERRESTRIAL (G Paver) Richard Fahey 7-9-0 Paul Hanagan 
7 ARABIAN SPIRIT (Timeform Betfair Racing Club Ltd) Richard Fahey 6-8-9 Paul Mulrennan 
8 CITRUS STAR (USA) (Induna Racing Partners Two) Chris Wall 4-9-7 George Baker 
9 WANNABE KING (Saif Ali & Saeed Al Tayer) David Lanigan 5-9-5b Ted Durcan 
10 MERCHANT OF MEDICI (S Jones & R Haim) William Muir 4-8-3 Chris Catlin 
11 SPACE STATION (Mr & Mrs Chua, Moore & Jurd) Simon Dow 5-8-4b Nicky Mackay 
12 BENANDONNER (USA) (Phil Woods & Mike Murphy) Mike Murphy 8-8-11 Martin Lane 
13 TOTALLY OURS (Foursome Thoroughbreds) William Muir 4-8-13 Jim Crowley 
14 TARTAN GIGHA (IRE) (Exos of the late Isobel Bird) Mark Johnston 6-9-1 Silvestre De Sousa 
15 BEAUCHAMP XERXES (Erik Penser) Gerard Butler 5-9-6 Darryll Holland 
16 HACIENDA (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-8-9 Greg Fairley 
17 KAJIMA (Yvonne Jacques) Richard Hannon 4-9-1 Richard Hughes 
18 SOWAYLM (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-8-11t Frankie Dettori 
Time: 1m 43.18s
Distances: 2 3/4, 1/2, 1/2, 3/4, 2 1/2, 1/2, 1, 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/4, 7, 6, 5, 1 3/4, 1 1/4, 7, 19
Breeding: b g Royal Applause - Caldy Dancer (IRE)
Totes: Win: £7.10 Places: £2.10, £3.10, £2.00, £9.50 Exacta: £72.90
Winning Trainer:-Name: Vaughan, Ed Based: Grange House Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Took over licence in August 2004 following death of Alec Stewart. Graduate of the Irish National Stud course. Spent four years in US before working for Godolphin in Ireland. Also former assistant to Charlie Mann. Wins (2004-2009): 17; 6; 4; 19; 13; 15; 18; Wins in 2011: 4
Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success on the level when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002. Appointed as stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (2): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce) Irish Classic Wins(1): Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) Group One Wins: Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Betfair (2009 Conduit), Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask), Juddmonte International (2006 Notnowcato), Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato), Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 Conduit), Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2009 Presvis), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2009 Spanish Moon), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King’s Apostle), Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce) Other Big Race Wins Include: Tattersalls Gold Cup (2011 So You Think), Dubai Duty Free (2011 Presvis), Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2007 Papal Bull, 2009 Doctor Fremantle), Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup (2009 Askar Tau), DFS Doncaster Cup (2009 Askar Tau), Ladbrokes.com Railway Stakes (2010 Formosina), TNT July Stakes (2010 Libranno) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (10): King George V Stakes (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray), Hampton Court Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Windsor Forest Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo) Number of Wins 2000-2010: 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; Wins in 2011: 42
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY DIVINE IN CORONATION
St Nicholas Abbey has been nursed back to full health by trainer Aidan O’Brien and produced a brilliant display to take the Investec Coronation Cup.
The four-year-old was a Group One winner as a juvenile but never raced again after during his Classic campaign after his sixth-placed effort in the Qipco 2000 Guineas last year.
After his comeback effort ended in defeat in April, he stepped up to land the Ormonde Stakes at Chester before striking again in Group One company under Ryan Moore.
Having been outpaced down the home stretch, Moore had to angle the even-money favourite to the centre of the track to challenge the tough mare Midday.
But once he did the response was explosive and St Nicholas Abbey stretched away to win by a length from the mare.
O’Brien said: "He is a great horse and I messed him up last year.
"I have been careful not to mess him up this year as he is a natural horse and does not want to be overworked.
"Everyone who has been involved in getting him back has done a great job. It is marvellous. All we need to do now is keep me away from him!
"I am grateful to all of the lads who have given us the chance to get over last year - they have shown a lot of patience.
"It was a slowly-run race but Ryan knew where he wanted to be and the horse has a big heart.
"We need to sit down and discuss plans but the King George is a definite possibility."
Moore added: "I was very happy with him and Midday is a very good mare.
"She quickened a bit better than me and pinched a length but once my fellow gathered himself togther and hit the rising ground he stayed on well.
"He took a while to hit top gear and he was very honest today."
Third race - Investec Coronation Cup - More winning quotes - Michael Tabor - joint owner
Michael Tabor, one of three owners of the winner St Nicholas Abbey, was interviewed on Racing UK afterwards.
He said: "Midday took it up and we thought that was going to be it but St Nicholas Abbey came again. I would like to see the race again because I watched it in the flesh as I always do and you can see so much more on tape but it was pretty impressive.
"He didn’t handle the track and it would appear that it could have been his undoing but it shows what class he has by winning. Midday is top class and it speaks volumes for him.
"We haven’t discussed where to go next but we all know what Aidan thinks of him. He will go for the best of races available - as John Magnier says, he will probably want to see him in the July Cup!
"Over a mile and half or a mile and a quarter on a different track, I would think that he would be pretty awesome.
"Everybody at Ballydoyle thought he was such a good horses and he lost his way as a three-year-old. Aidan, as ever, blames himself - I don’t blame him because it was just one of the those things. Now he has proven what Aidan always thought of him was justified.
"It gives you a lot of pleasure because people were scratching their heads and saying "What are these guys talking about?" - horses make you look foolish but he has proven today that he is a serious animal."
MIDDAY LOSES OUT
In a fantastic renewal of the Investec Coronation Cup, Midday lost out by a length when finishing second to St Nicholas Abbey in the Group One contest.
"She ran a great race and she’ll come on again. She’s a horse that gets better as the summer goes on," said Midday’s trainer Henry Cecil.
Soft-ground lover Clowance, who is in foal to Oasis Dream, is likely to have run her last race but delighted connections when gaining another Group One placing by finishing third.
"That was fantastic," said the mare’s trainer, Roger Charlton. "She’s now been Group One-placed four times and also been placed (in the first four) in three Classics.
"Considering she has not run for 208 days and is a soft-ground performer, she has run a wonderful race. It’s tragedy that she has not had a chance to win a Group One but the ground has just been against her for two years.
"I think that’s probably it for her, it’s a good note to end on."
Dandino and Indian Days came fourth and fifth and their trainer James Given said: "It was the plan to go off in front with Dandino but it turned out that it didn’t suit him. Unfortunately Indian Days didn’t get a run, which I know sounds strange in a five-runner race, but he’d have liked to have got a run down the outside. I’ll talk to their owners about plans for them both."
THIRD RACE RESULT 2.45pm INVESTEC CORONATION CUP (GROUP ONE)
£250,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f 10y. For 4yo+ Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb Entries 27 pay £750 Confirmed 7 pay £750 Penalty value 1st £141,925.00 2nd £53,800.00 3rd £26,925.00 4th £13,425.00 5th £6,725.00
1 ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-9-0 Ryan Moore  Evens Fav
2 MIDDAY (Khalid Abdulla) Henry Cecil 5-8-11 Tom Queally  5/4
3 CLOWANCE (Seasons Holidays) Roger Charlton 6-8-11 Richard Hughes  40/1
4 DANDINO (Elite Racing Club) James Given 4-9-0 Paul Mulrennan 
5 INDIAN DAYS (David Fish) James Given 6-9-0 Paul Hanagan 
5 ran Time: 2m 37.18s
Distances: 1, 2, 3 1/4, 5
Breeder: Barton Bloodstock & Villiers Syndicate
Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) - Leaping Water (GB)
Totes: Win: £2.30 Places: £1.80, £1.10 Exacta: £3.30
Winning trainer:-Name: Aidan O’Brien Date of birth: 16/10/69 Previous occupation: Assistant trainer to Jim Bolger and Anne-Marie Crowley/O’Brien Date of first licence: 1993 British Classic wins: (14) Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral), 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator), 1,000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion) Irish Classic Wins: (25) Irish 2,000 Guineas (1997 Desert King, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman, 2011 Roderic O’Connor), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1997 Classic Park, 2001 Imagine, 2003 Yesterday, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2011 Misty For Me), Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco), Irish Oaks (2006 Alexandrova, 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Moonstone), Irish St Leger (2007 Yeats, 2008 Septimus) Other major wins include: Investec Coronation Cup (2005 Yeats, 2007 Scorpion, 2008 Soldier Of Fortune, 2010 Fame And Glory, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey) Royal Ascot wins (31): Coventry Stakes (1997 Harbour Master, 1999 Fasliyev, 2001 Landseer, 2002 Statue Of Liberty, 2007 Henrythenavigator), Chesham Stakes (1999 Bach), St James’s Palace Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2007 Excellent Art, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman), Norfolk Stakes (2001 Johannesburg), Jersey Stakes (2001 Mozart), Coronation Stakes (2002 Sophisticat, 2010 Lillie Langtry), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet, 2005 Indigo Cat), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Queen Anne Stakes (2006 Ad Valorem, 2008 Haradasun), Gold Cup (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Yeats), Queen’s Vase (2007 Mahler, 2010 Mikhail Glinka) Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Hardwicke Stakes (2008 Macarthur), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2008 Honolulu), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2010 Starspangledbanner) Wins in Britain 2000-2010: 11; 20*; 10*; 6; 4; 20; 11; 18*; 20*; 12; 7; *champion trainer for win and place prize money; Wins in 2011 (In Britain): 5
Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders' event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success on the level when winning aboard Marwell's Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002. Appointed as stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (2): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce) Irish Classic Wins(1): Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) Group One Wins: Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Betfair (2009 Conduit), Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Juddmonte International (2006 Notnowcato), Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato), Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Breeders' Cup Turf (2008 Conduit), Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2009 Presvis), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2009 Spanish Moon), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King's Apostle), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce) Other Big Race Wins Include: Tattersalls Gold Cup (2011 So You Think), Dubai Duty Free (2011 Presvis), Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella), Princess Of Wales's Stakes (2007 Papal Bull, 2009 Doctor Fremantle), Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup (2009 Askar Tau), DFS Doncaster Cup (2009 Askar Tau), First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (10): King George V Stakes (2008 Colony), Queen's Vase (2008 Patkai), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray), Hampton Court Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Windsor Forest Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo) Number of Wins 2000-2010: 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; Wins in 2011: 43
RESURGE BACK TO HIS BEST AT HIS FAVOURITE COURSE
Resurge made the long trip from Devon worthwhile with an impressive victory in the Investec Investment Stakes. The six-year-old has now won three times at Epsom and has been runner-up on another two occasions.
Jockey Fergus Sweeney said: "He was slow into stride and I wasn’t where I wanted to be but I had to sit and suffer.
"But he picked up really well. He just seems to love this place. He really raises his game when he comes round here."
Winning trainer Stuart Kittow, who trains 25 horses at his farm in Cullompton, said: "We’re only a small yard in the heart of Devon. We bought this fellow at the horses-in-training sale a few years ago [for 22,000gns] and he’s a half-brother to Araafa.
"He just seems to have extra confidence in himself when he comes here. He gets a breather coming down the hill which enables him to surge up the straight.
"Last time when we went to York it was an end-to-end gallop and it didn’t really suit him. He loves it here and there’s no better place."
STEP SETTLES FOR SECOND
The Alan Jarvis-trained Right Step finished a length and a quarter behind Resurge in the Investec Investment Handicap and a trip to Royal Ascot could now be on the cards.
"He keeps running well and the handicapper keeps putting him up in the weights and it’s hard for him to win," said Jarvis. "Although he handled the course here and has run well at Goodwood, I think he is better on a galloping track like Newbury or York.
"If he won today we were going to go to Royal Ascot and we still might do that, either for a Listed race or a handicap."
FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.25pm INVESTEC INVESTMENT STAKES (HANDICAP)
£45,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f 18y. For 4yo+ Weights highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted) Weight raised 1lb Minimum weight 7-12 Penalties after May 21st, a winner 6lb Prompter's Handicap Mark 102 Entries 20 pay £200 Penalty value 1st £28,039.50 2nd £8,397.00 3rd £4,198.50 4th £2,101.50 5th £1,048.50 6th £526.50
1 RESURGE (IRE) (Chris & David Stam) Stuart Kittow 6-9-5 Fergus Sweeney  8/1
2 RIGHT STEP (Allen Pope & Jarvis Associates) Alan Jarvis 4-9-5 Ryan Moore  9/2
3 DHAAMER (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 4-8-9 Richards Hills  5/1
4 BEAUMONT'S PARTY (IRE) (Thurloe Thoroughbreds XXV) Andrew Balding 4-8-11 David Probert  7/2F
5 TRES CORONAS (IRE) (J Cringan & D Pryde) David Barron 4-8-6 Chris Catlin 
6 RAMONA CHASE (Bagden Wood Building Services Ltd) Michael Attwater 6-8-1t Andrea Atzeni 
7 LICENCE TO TILL (USA) (The Vine Accord) Mark Johnston 4-8-9 Greg Fairley 
8 PLEASANT DAY (IRE) (J Parsons & J Gilmartin) Richard Fahey 4-8-11 Paul Hanagan 
9 SAND SKIER (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-8-3 Silvestre De Sousa 
10 ORIENTAL SCOT (Dr J Walker) William Jarvis 4-8-10 Steve Drowne 
11 PROMPTER (Royal Ascot Racing Club) Michael Bell 4-9-10 Jamie Spencer 
Time: 2m 07.07s
Distances: 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 3/4, 3/4, 1 1/2, sh, 3 1/4, 2 1/4, 3 3/4
Breeder: Sweetmans Bloodstock
Breeding: b g Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Resurgence
Totes: Win: £8.90 Places: £2.60, £1.70, £2.00 Exacta: £40.50
Winning trainer:-Name: Kittow, W Stuart Born: August 2, 1959 Based: Cullompton, Devon Background: Rode as amateur for 20 years before taking out a trainer’s licence in 2000. Son-in-law of trainer Gerald Cottrell, for whom he was assistant for 15 years prior to taking out own licence First Winner: Dilys, Jenny Shulman Birthday Maiden Stakes, Windsor, November 8, 2001 Number of Wins (2001-2010): 1; 5; 6; 6; 3; 8; 12; 12; 10; 14; Wins in 2011: 3
Winning jockey:- Name: Sweeney, Fergus Date of birth: 7/4/78 First winner: Pharsical (Brighton, June 1995) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Buckingham Palace Handicap (2010 Treadwell) Wins (1995-2010): 4, 20, 40, 59, 24, 40, 32, 35, 24, 54, 30, 49; 43; 39; 64; 58; Wins in 2011: 21
THREE CHEERS FOR HOORAY
Hooray returned to winning ways as last year’s Cheveley Park Stakes heroine obliged as the 8/11 favourite in the Investec Surrey Stakes.
Sir Mark Prescott stepped the three-time winner up a mile for the Qipco 1000 Guineas over a mile last month and, after failing to see out the trip when finishing eighth, she was dropped back to seven furlongs.
Seb Sanders sent her on her way half way down the home run, and despite giving weight away to her male rivals, she was never going to be caught and scored by a length and a quarter.
Prescott said: "I am relieved as she was the top two-year-old in the northern hemisphere last year and after running an adequate race in the Guineas I am pleased to see her back here.
"The mile is probably too far for her but I am unsure whether her best trip is six or seven furlongs.
"She did surprise me last year but she is a pleasure to train.
"I don’t know what we will do next but I do think six or seven furlongs is her trip."
SIXTH RACE RESULT
4.50pm INVESTEC SURREY STAKES (LISTED)
£30,000 guaranteed, 7f. For 3yo Weights colts and geldings 8st 13lb; fillies 8st 8lb Penalties a winner of a Listed race 4lb; of a Group 3 race 6lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 9lb Entries 9 pay £150 Penalty value 1st £17,031.00 2nd £6,456.00 3rd £3,231.00 4th £1,611.00 5th £807.00 6th £405.00
1 HOORAY (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 3-9-3 Seb Sanders  8/11f
2 LORD OF THE STARS (USA) (Ahmad Al Shaikh) David Simcock 3-8-13 Jamie Spencer  14/1
3 CHILWORTH LAD (7Rus) Mick Channon 3-8-13 Martin Harley  7/1
4 VANGUARD DREAM (Malih Lahej Al Basti) Richard Hannon 3-8-13 Ryan Moore 
4 UTLEY (USA) (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 3-8-13 William Buick 
6 CASUAL GLIMPSE (Sir Robert Ogden) Richard Hannon 3-8-13 Richard Hughes 
Time: 1m 21.56s
Distances: 1 1/4, 3/4, 1 1/2, dht, 6
Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd
Breeding: b f Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Hypnotize
Totes: Win: £1.60 Places: £1.10, £3.40 Exacta: £9.80
Winning Trainer:-Name: Prescott Bt, Sir Mark Date of birth: 3/3/48 Trains at Heath House, Newmarket, Suffolk Previous Occupation: assistant to Jack Waugh First trainers licence:1971 First Winner: Belle Royale, Teesside Park, April 1971 French Classic Wins (1): Prix de Diane Hermes (2006 Confidential Lady) Other Major wins include: Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes (2010 Hooray), IVG - Preis von Europa (2004 Albanova), Rheinland-Pokal der Stadtsparkasse Koln (2004 Albanova), West LB Deutschlandpreis (2004 Albanova), Champion Stakes (1998 & 1999 Alborada), Nunthorpe Stakes (1996 Pivotal), Kings Stand Stakes (1996 Pivotal), Sun Chariot Stakes (1996 Last Second), Nassau Stakes (1996 Last Second, 1998 Alborada), Cambridgeshire Handicap (1988 Quinlan Terry, 1998 Pasternak, 2003 Chivalry), totesport Mile (2006 Spectait) First Royal Ascot win: Wizard King (June 17, 1994 - Britannia Handicap) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Britannia Handicap (1994 Wizard King), King’s Stand Stakes (1996 Pivotal). Number of horses in training (1985-2011): 60; 62; 55; 63; 64; 66; 60; 62; 65; 62; 61; 60; 67; 73; 70; 72; 77; 77; 82; n/a; 76; 83; 78; 76; 74; 71; 70; Wins: (1985-2010): 17; 39; 26; 34; 40; 48; 48; 50; 53; 57; 41; 58; 52; 61; 77; 60; 52; 57; 67; 66; 51; 44; 51; 43; 62; 60; Wins This Season: 11
Winning jockey:-Name: Sanders, Sebastian Date of birth: 25/9/71 Background: appointed stable jockey to Sir Mark Prescott at beginning of 2004 campaign. Shared the jockeys’ championship with Jamie Spencer in 2007 and enjoyed his first British Classic success when Look Here took the Epsom Oaks in June, 2008. Any hopes he had of defending his championship were dashed when he broke his leg in a fall at Chester in August, 2008. First winner: Band On The Run (Pontefract, Whitelane Apprentice Series Stakes, June 12, 1990) Classic Wins: Juddmonte Oaks (2008 Look Here), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2004 Bachelor Duke), Prix de Diane Hermes (2006 Confidential Lady) Other major wins include: Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes (2010 Hooray), Ayr Gold Cup (2005 Presto Shinko), Chester Vase (2005 Hattan), Dahlia Stakes (2004 Beneventa), Emirates Airlines Minstrel Stakes (2006 Jedburgh), July Cup (Compton Place 1997), Laurent-Perrier Champagne Sprint Stakes (2006 Pivotal Point), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Oak Tree Stakes (2002 Desert Alchemy), Palace House Stakes (2003 Needwood Blade), Royal Lodge Stakes (1997 Teapot Row), September Stakes (2006 Kandidate), totesport (Golden) Mile (2006 Spectait), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (2004 Pivotal Point), totesport Mile (2006 Spectait), Sky Bet York Stakes (2008 Pipedreamer), Timeform Million (2009 Oasis Dancer), Jaguar Lowther Stakes (2010 Hooray) Royal Ascot wins (5): Ascot Stakes (2010 Junior), Wokingham Handicap (1995 Astrac), Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (2004 Wunderwood), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2008 Kingsgate Native), Chesham Stakes (2010 Zaidan) Wins (1991-2010): 2, 10, 7, 23, 61* (champion apprentice), 97, 105, 82, 90, 80, 83, 123, 101, 165, 142, 117, 190 (shared champion jockey with Jamie Spencer), 106, 106, 102, Wins in 2011: 18
NORSE BLUES WINS FINALE
Norse Blues lived up to his trainer Sylvester Kirk’s earlier expectations when a convincing winner of the concluding Investec Opportunity Handicap.
"He’d disappointed us a couple of times this season but we had ridden him wrong as he likes to go on," said Kirk.
"He picked up off a nice pace today and did what I expected him to do on his first run.
"It was a competitive handicap today and he wasn’t stopping. We might just send him to the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot, I’ll talk to (owner-breeder) Jeff Smith."
REPOSER COMES OFF SECOND BEST
Reposer took second place for trainer John Best in the final race of the day - the Investec Opportunity Stakes.
Jimmy Quinn’s mount was harried for much of the seven-furlong dash by Norse Blues, with the latter shooting clear to collect by five lengths.
Best said: "I am really pleased with him and he probably just needed his first run of the season at Haydock.
"It is a shame he wasn’t left alone in front. We did plan to front run and Norse Blues has hassled him all of the way.
"If that hadn’t happened then I think he may have run better but he wouldn’t have beaten the winner.
"I’d much rather come here and pick up £3,000 for finishing second than win another lesser race."
SEVENTH RACE RESULT - 5.25pm INVESTEC OPPORTUNITY STAKES (HANDICAP)
£20,000 guaranteed, 7F. For 3yo Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 7lb Weight raised 7lb Minimum weight 8-2 Penalties after May 21st, each race won 6lb Julius Geezer's Handicap Mark 92 Entries 20 pay £100 Penalty value 1st £12,462.00 2nd £3,732.00 3rd £1,866.00 4th £934.00 5th £466.00 6th £234.00
1 NORSE BLUES (Jeff Smith) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-7 James Doyle  8/1
2 REPOSER (IRE) (John Foulger & Simon Malcolm) John Best 3-8-9 Jimmy Quinn  8/1
3 SONNING ROSE (IRE) (Alf Heaney & Alec Tuckerman) Mick Channon 3-9-2 Chris Catlin  20/1
4 MAJOR CONQUEST (IRE) (T Ellis) John Hills 3-8-7 Mickael Barzalona 
5 dht FITYAAN (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-8-9 Richard Hills  4/1JF
5 dht CLOUD ROCK (The Coalition) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3-8-13 Ryan Moore 
7 JULIUS GEEZER (IRE) (Basing Bellman, Newton, Stroud) Tom Dascombe 3-9-7 Richard Kingscote 
8 CITY LEGEND (Contango Syndicate) Alan McCabe 3-8-2tb Kieran O'Neill (5) 
9 HUGELY EXCITING (The Insurance Boys) Stan Moore 3-8-8 Liam Keniry 
10 ROBERT THE PAINTER (IRE) (Stephen Humphreys) Richard Fahey 3-9-0 Paul Hanagan  4/1JF
11 FALMOUTH BAY (USA) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-10 Silvestre De Sousa 
Time: 1m 22.20s
Distances: 5, 2 3/4, sh, nse, dht, nk, 6, 5, 3, 6
Breeder: Littleton Stud
Breeding: ch c Norse Dancer (IRE) - Indiana Blues
Totes: Win: £9.70 Places: £2.60, £3.30, £5.80 Exacta: £83.10
Winning trainer:-Name: Kirk, Sylvester Born: May 31, 1963 Based: Cedar Lodge Stables, Upper Lambourn Background: Son of Irish trainer Syl Kirk. Spent 8 years at Coolmore Stud and seven months working for Mouse Morris before replacing Brian Meehan as assistant to Richard Hannon, from 1992-2000. Married to Hannon’s daughter Fanny. Date of first trainer’s licence: December 2000 First Winner (Flat): Social Contract, Bet Direct On ITV Text Page 368 Handicap, Lingfield, February 3, 2001 First Winner (Jumps): Old Tim, Buy A Horse On Course Selling Handicap Hurdle, Market Rasen, November 21, 2002 - his first runner over jumps Big Race Wins Include: Autumn Stakes (2006 Caldra); £100,000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes (2002 Michelle Ma Belle); Prestige Stakes (2003 Gracefully); Rosemary Stakes (2005 Salamanca); Sporting Index Stardom Stakes (2006 Caldra); Weatherbys Super Sprint (2006 Elhamri), Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri), £250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (2006 Caldra)First Royal Ascot Winner: Elhamri, Windsor Castle Stakes, June 20, 2006 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri) Horses in training (2003-11): 40; 53; 66; 58; 61; 65; 32; 21; 54; Wins (2002-10): 23; 28; 35; 31; 29; 27; 50; 30; 39; Wins in 2011: 10
Winning jockey:-Name: Doyle, James Date of birth: April 22, 1988 Background: Mother is Lambourn trainer Jacqui Doyle. First Winner: Farnborough, Future Champion Apprentice Handicap, Wolverhampton, June 1, 2005 First Treble: Lingfield, January 25, 2006 (Blue Hedges, Countrywide Luck, Prince Charlemagne) Wins (2005-2010): 8; 73; 41; 52; 28; 29; Wins This Year: 42
The going this morning remains
ahead of Investec Ladies Day.
“The GoingStick reading is 7.9 on the Round Course that will be used today and it is currently 8.0 on the Sprint Course used tomorrow,” said Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing at Epsom Downs.
“Having walked the course at 10am, it was definitely Good ground although it will dry through the day.
“We are forecast dry weather and we won’t take any decision about watering tonight until after racing and I’d need convincing it was necessary. We watered for the first time overnight during racing last year and we are in a better position this morning than 12 months ago.
“If we did water, we’d probably only look at doing the stands’ side of the sprint track.”
The stalls for mile and a half races will be positioned in the centre of the track and the remainder will be on the inside.
The rail will be dolled out five yards from 8f to 6f, and up to 5 yards from 5f to the winning post, adding approximately 10 yards to race distances.
1.40pm PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES (GROUP 3)
No. 2 CRYSTAL GAL (IRE) - Self Certificate (Going)
No. 6 SILVER GREY (IRE) - Self Certificate (Temperature)
NON RUNNER TOMORROW
3.15pm INVESTEC DASH
No. 10 CRIMEA (IRE) - Vet’s Certificate (Bad scope)
BETTING NEWS FROM WILLIAM HILL
A big-hitting punter could be in for a bumper payout this afternoon with William Hill, official betting partner of the Investec Derby.
At around 11am this morning, the punter went into the William Hill shop by London’s Park Lane and placed a £25,000 cash bet on St Nicholas Abbey at 11/10 for the Investec Coronation Cup. The same punter had a £13,000 double on St Nicholas Abbey and Wonder Of Wonders for the Investec Oaks at 7/2.
In tomorrow’s Investec Derby, Hills have eased The Queen’s Carlton House from 7/4 to 2/1, although a victory will still hit the firm hard.
“If Carlton House wins then we are looking at an industry-wide loss of about £50 million,” said Lucy Rhodes, PR Executive at William Hill.
“We have also eased Pour Moi from 7/2 to 4/1 and the money this morning has been for Recital, who is 9/2 from 5/1. Seville is next best in our betting at 13/2.”
Prompter, the selection of the Racing Post’s Pricewise column, has been well-backed ahead of today’s Investec Investment Handicap at 3.25pm and is now trading at 9/1 from 11/1 with William Hill, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival.
Today’s movers are:
1.40pm Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Group 3)
Timepiece 7/4 from 15/8 Coral
2.10pm Investec Mile
Citrus Star 16/1 from 20/1 William Hill, 16/1 from 25/1 Stan James
Dance And Dance 13/2 from 7/1 totesport
Wannabe King 10/1 from 12/1 totesport
3.25pm Investec Investment Handicap
Prompter 9/1 from 11/1 William Hill, 9/1 from 10/1 totesport
Beaumont’s Party 3/1 from 100/30 Coral
Right Step 6/1 from 7/1 totesport
4.05pm Investec Oaks
Wonder Of Wonders 7/2 from 4/1 Coral
5.25pm Investec Opportunity Handicap
Robert The Painter 3/1 from 7/2 William Hill
Cloud Rock 4/1 from 11/2 William Hill
City Legend 14/1 from 22/1 William Hill
JUDGE TO RULE ON FALLON RIDE
Kieren Fallon will learn this morning if a High Court bid to prevent him riding the Aidan O’Brien-trained Recital in tomorrow’s Investec Derby has been successful.
The six-time champion jockey partnered the colt to victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown last month with a view to keeping the ride in the blue riband.
However, this has been thrown into jeopardy by a legal bid from Ibrahim Araci, owner of Investec Derby contender Native Khan.
Araci claims Fallon is in breach of contract and alleges that Fallon had agreed to ride Native Khan in the Investec Derby.
Fallon has ridden the Qipco 2000 Guineas third on two of his six starts with their most recent partnership coming when they streaked away with the Breeze Up Vendors Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April.
Fallon missed his intended rides at Lingfield on Thursday afternoon to attend the behind-closed-doors hearing at the High Court in front of Mr Justice MacDuff.
After the morning session, the case restarted at 4pm but the verdict is not due until this morning.
RACING MAKES THE BACK PAGES AHEAD OF INVESTEC OAKS
Kieren Fallon featured on the back pages of several national newspapers this morning after news of his High Court appearance on Thursday afternoon rocketed up the news agenda.
Investec Oaks previews and tips would normally dominate column inches prior to the fillies’ Classic but Native Khan’s owner, Ibrahim Araci, and his bid to prevent Fallon partnering Ballydoyle’s Recital in Saturday’s Investec Derby brought racing on to the leading sports page of the Daily Express, Daily Mail and the Independent.
The Times also featured horseracing on the back page and displayed a photograph of The Queen’s Carlton House after he pleased connections in a gallop in Newmarket on Thursday. He is on course to try and justify favouritism in tomorrow’s Investec Derby after a late injury scare.
Inside The Times, correspondent Alan Lee analysis Her Majesty’s interest in racing with an interview with her racing manager John Warren and also touches on Fallon’s High Court appearance.
Rob Wright also tips Godolphin’s Blue Bunting to follow up her Qipco 1000 Guineas success in the Investec Oaks, a tip reflected in the Daily Mirror by David Yates.
Yates also writes about Carlton House and Fallon, as does Marcus Townend in the Daily Mail.
Townend also features an interview with nine-time Investec Derby winner Lester Piggott and the multiple champion jockey reflects on his exploits on the Epsom Downs.
Sam Turner, writing as Robin Goodfellow, in the same publication is another to highlight the chance of the Frankie Dettori-ridden Blue Bunting while The Independent’s Chris McGrath plumps for Aidan O’Brien’s Wonder Of Wonders in the Investec Oaks.
The Independent also carries a two-page interview with Piggott who reflects on his life in the saddle.
Patrick Weaver leads the Daily Express’ coverage with the Fallon story on the back page. Inside the paper, Bev Swingell is yet another tipster to side with Blue Bunting.
The Daily Star features Brian Woolnough chatting to Frankie Dettori in a two-page spread as he tries for a second Investec Derby success and a first in the colours of Godolphin aboard Ocean War.
News of Carlton House receiving the all-clear for the Investec Derby and Fallon’s court appearance also feature.
The Sun trail Fallon’s Investec Derby threat on the back page and follow that up with words from Claude Duval inside the paper. Tipster Templegate (Steve Jones) continues the theme of tips for the Investec Oaks and puts up Blue Bunting as the winner.
FALLON CLEARED FOR INVESTEC DERBY RIDE
Kieren Fallon has been cleared to ride the Aidan O’Brien-trained Recital in tomorrow’s Investec Derby after the High Court refused to issue an injunction to prevent him from doing so.
His partnership with the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial winner had been thrown into jeopardy by a legal bid from Ibrahim Araci, owner of Investec Derby contender Native Khan who claimed Fallon was in breach of contract.
Araci alleged that Fallon had agreed to ride Native Khan again after the six-times champion steered him to success in the Breeze Up Vendors Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April.
However, Fallon has since ridden Recital to success at Leopardstown last month with a view to riding the Ballydoyle contender at Epsom.
Fallon nailed his colours to Recital’s mast on Tuesday, after which Native Khan’s trainer, Ed Dunlop, booked Johnny Murtagh for the ride on Native Khan.
This did not appease Araci though, and Fallon missed his intended rides at Lingfield on Thursday afternoon to attend the behind-closed-doors hearing at the High Court in front of Mr Justice MacDuff.
After the morning session, the case restarted at 4pm but the verdict was rolled over to this morning.
ARACI GIVEN THE RIGHT TO APPEAL
Ibrahim Araci has been given the right to appeal against the decision by the High Court to refuse an injunction against Kieren Fallon to prevent him riding Recital in tomorrow’s Investec Derby.
Araci, the owner of Investec Derby challenger Native Khan, claims that the six-time champion jockey is in breach of contract by not honouring an alleged agreement to ride Native Khan in the blue riband.
The initial appeal for an injunction to stop Fallon partnering Ballydoyle’s Recital was rejected by the High Court but the right to appeal was given and any appeal could be heard this afternoon.
INVESTEC OAKS FACTS AND FIGURES
Winningmost jockey (with a ride today): Kieren Fallon (Wonder Of Wonders) - previous winners were Reams of Verse 1997, Ramruma 1999, Ouija Board 2004 and Alexandrova 2006
Winningmost trainer (with a runner today): Aidan O’Brien (Eirnin, Misty For Me, Why, Wonder Of Wonders) - previous winners were Shahtoush 1998, Imagine 2001 and Alexandrova 2006
First-time riders: Joseph O’Brien (Eirnin), Mickael Barzalona (Why), Sam Hitchcott (Fork Handles), Fran Berry (Siren’s Song)
Youngest jockey: Joseph O’Brien, aged 18 (b. 23.05.93)
Oldest jockey: Michael Hills, aged 48 (b. 22.01.63)
Youngest trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni, aged 34 (b. 15.10.76)
Oldest trainer: Barry Hills, aged 74 (b.02.04.37)
Joseph O’Brien rides Eirnin, trained by his father Aidan, bred and part-owned by his mother Annemarie
Michael Hills rides Blaise Chorus, trained by his father Barry
Unbeaten up to the Oaks: Zain Al Boldan (has won all her three previous starts)
Sire with most runners: Galileo (Eirnin, Misty For Me, Why)