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Thursday, June 9, 2011

OVERSEAS CHALLENGERS FOR ROYAL ASCOT RACES EXPECTED TO RUN WELL

 

Melbourne-based handler Danny O’Brien believes the sprinter Star Witness has a leading chance of landing another success for Australia at Royal Ascot next week.

 

The four-year-old is set to line up in Tuesday’s Group One King’s Stand Stakes and could also run at Royal Ascot on Saturday, June 18,  in the six-furlong Golden Jubilee Stakes.

 

“He’s taken the trip over here pretty well, given it’s 38 hours door to door,” said O’Brien today. “We like to ship the horses on the plane race fit and we’ll just give him one more gallop tomorrow (Friday) to put him spot on for Tuesday.

 

“Coming to Ascot has been at the back of my mind ever since he won his second start and we’ve been pretty conservative with him this season because of that.

 

“He’s only raced twice since Melbourne Cup week in November and that has been by design because I was thinking that the races that would really suit him were up here.

 

“When he ran in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington last time, there was a Top Gear car rally next to the track and like a lot of the horses he got very worked up and he ran his race before he started.

 

“I’ve been over here before and got beaten but didn’t want to come back again unless I had one with a good chance and I think I’ve got one now.

 

“If Star Witness turns up in the form he was in for Melbourne Cup week, which I hope he is, then he is going to be hard to beat. He is also six months older and stronger from then. He was super impressive in a barrier trial before getting on the plane out here.

 

“He’s going to be covering mares (at Widden Stud) in September and next week is going to be his grand finale. It would be good to finish his career with a big exclamation mark. Anthony (Thompson of Widden Stud) was keen to come here and always knew that Royal Ascot was on his radar.

 

“It’s difficult for me to evaluate the form of the other runners and I will look at them more after the final acceptance stage. But I do know that he has just as strong form lines as other Australian horses that have run well here before.

 

“If things went to plan on Tuesday, then he could easily go for the Golden Jubilee. He’s backed up quickly in his races before as he ran twice in seven days in Melbourne Cup week last year.

 

“It’s great that the Australian horses keep travelling to England and we hope to keep up the good record at Royal Ascot. The race is no afterthought and I certainly think he’s capable of winning.

 

“Steven Arnold will be on board. He is an outstanding rider - we have had a lot of success together and he won on Scenic Blast (in the 2009 King’s Stand Stakes) at Ascot.

 

“We’ll be happy to stalk close enough to the pace in the King’s Stand because you don’t seem to be able to make up a lot of ground in the race.

 

“The prize money is good for these races, £400,000 for the Golden Jubilee would be good in any jurisdiction, but with a colt there is much more than prize money involved - it can make his stud career if he wins a Group One.”

 

Hong Kong raider Sweet Sanette also goes for Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs and the Tony Millard-trained six-year-old mare arrived in Britain on Saturday.

 

Millard’s wife Beverly commented: “Sweet Sanette is very quick. She will jump and be up with the pace. She would like fast ground, though she has run well on Hong Kong good to yielding.

 

“She travelled very well from Hong Kong - our vet accompanied her. I was very happy with that and a bit surprised.

 


“Sweet Sanette can be a bit temperamental - she is not the easiest to work with and a fighter but that is often what makes a good mare.

 

“She has settled down over the last day or two and her preparations are going well.

 

“She has been England before. When she moved from South Africa to Hong Kong, she spent her quarantine in England.

 

“Jamie Spencer will ride here because we wanted a jockey who knew the track. Sweet Sanette has beaten Sacred Kingdom in Hong Kong and, although he is getting on in age, he is still good.

 

“We think she has come on since her last race and that she will be there at the finish on Tuesday.”

 

Black Caviar, the world’s top-rated sprinter, is to race at Royal Ascot next year. The Australian-trained five-year-old mare, unbeaten in 13 outings including six Group Ones, will be aimed at the six-furlong Golden Jubilee or possibly the mile Queen Anne Stakes.

 

 

Jeff O’Connor, the spokesman for trainer Peter Moody’s stable, announced the decision at a press conference in Newmarket, England, on Thursday, June 9, ahead of Royal Ascot 2011.

 

Moody has sent over Hinchinbrook to contest the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, June 18, and the four-year-old Fastnet Rock colt exercised on the Bury Hill gallop at Newmarket this morning in preparation.

 

O’Connor said: “Hinchinbrook has been running well behind exceptional sprinters. It is very hard to win a big Group One sprint at home at the moment because of the two stars, Black Caviar and Hay List.

 

“The plan is to run Black Caviar at Royal Ascot next year - Peter asked me to mention that. As far as her lead-up campaign is concerned, we will get together next month to finalise that. The question is whether we go overseas with her before Royal Ascot. We want her to try and get some world-class prestige.

 

“Hinchinbrook is probably our (Australia’s) best colt - Black Caviar is a mare and Hay List is a gelding. I think he is terrific value at 12/1 as he is in good form.”

 

Luke Nolen, who partnered a winner at Ascot during last year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, has been booked for Hinchinbrook.

 

The opposition to Frankel, Europe’s best three-year-old miler, in Tuesday’s Group One St James’s Palace Stakes is set to include his Japanese equivalent Grand Prix Boss, the country’s champion juvenile last year and winner of the Grade One NHK Mile on May 8.

 

His connections know they face a stiff task against the runaway QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner but are not afraid to take him on.

 

Koji Kubo, assistant to trainer Yoshito Yahagi, commented: “It’s a long distance for us to come over here but Grand Prix Boss had a good trip. He is eating and drinking well and has not taken long to settle in.

 

“His training has been strong and is going as we would have expected since arriving. We have big hopes for next week.

 

“I believe that Grand Prix Boss is the best mile horse in Japan and it is very exciting to have him racing against your best horses at Royal Ascot, the most prestigious meeting in Europe.

 

“Frankel is a superstar, even in Japan everyone knows how good he is, but Japanese racing fans are excited to have a runner against him.

 

“Mirco Demuro is riding Grand Prix Boss and he won on the horse as a two-year-old. He is probably the most successful overseas jockey in Japan, he knows how to handle the horse and he rides in Europe so we felt he was the best choice.”

 

American training legend Todd Pletcher is set to have his first runners at Royal Ascot next week with Coronation Stakes contender More Than Real due to have her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf in November and Bridgetown lining up for the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.

 

Ginny DePasquale, Pletcher’s assistant, reported: “They were here in eight or nine hours and took a day to settle but are very happy now.

 

“Bridgetown is a trier. He’ll give us his all, we just hope that’s 110 per cent and not just 99 per cent but we’re looking forward to it. Todd makes all the decisions but I assume he thinks Bridgetown could settle behind the speed and then make a good run.

 

“It’s such a prestigious race and I think this, as well as Wesley Ward’s recent successes at Royal Ascot, could open the door to this beautiful place for more Americans.

 

“They took their time with More Than Real, she’s had a break and I’m not sure this race was always on her agenda but it fits it.

                       

“I hope she’ll be ready on Friday and won’t need the race. She is definitely bigger, stronger and more mature than last year. She’s very focused on her training and has been doing quite well here.

 

“She tends to sit off the pace just a bit, though she has only had three starts. The aim would be for More Than Real to make one good run at the end. The track is going to be a little different to what she has experienced but we hope to give her some experience of undulations before the race.

 

“She has settled in to Newmarket and we’re hoping for the best on Friday (June 17).”

 

The going at Ascot is currently good. Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course, revealed this morning: “We had 36 millimetres of rain on Sunday night through Monday and four millimetres yesterday.

 

“The ground is good. The threat of showers is not far away and there could be some heavy ones at the weekend, with between six and 10 millimetres falling.

 

“I don’t anticipate watering. Going into next week, the weather could improve but there may be some rainfall on Thursday. Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday/Saturday should be mainly dry.”

 

GRAND PRIX BOSS (JPN) FACTFILE

3 c Sakura Bakushin O (JPN) - Rosy Mist (JPN) (Sunday Silence (USA)

Form: 1711-431                               Owner: Grand Prix Co Ltd Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi

Breeder: Northern Racing Ltd      Jockey: Mirco Demuro

 

Grand Prix Boss

Grand Prix Boss is a home-grown star in Japan. His sire Sakura Bakushin O, who died in May, comes from the Nasrullah line while he is out of a mare by the brilliant Japanese stallion Sunday Silence. Grand Prix Boss was crowned Japan’s champion two-year-old last year when his three victories were led by a three-quarter length success in the Grade One Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Nakayama on December 19 under Mirco Demuro. He also won his debut in August last year and landed a seven-furlong Grade Two contest in Tokyo, beating Real Impact, in November. His first two starts this year came in Grade Two events at Hanshin in March and April, when he was narrowly beaten in third and fourth places, but he was right back to his best when it mattered most on May 8 when he saw off 17 rivals to win the Grade One NHK Mile Cup by a length and a half. He is due to run in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14.

Race Record: Starts: 7: 1st: 4; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize money: £1,711,299

 

Grand Prix Co Ltd

Grand Prix Company represents Tsukasa Kitagawa, who has been a licensed owner with the Japan Racing Association since March, 2006. Kitagawa was born on December 5, 1977, and manages the Grand Prix group of companies that operate in three different areas - real estate, jewellery and a  satellite communications business. Grand Prix Boss became the first Grade One winner for the Grand Prix Company, which owns 24 horses including horses in training and broodmares. 

 

Yoshito Yahagi

Yahagi, who was born on March 20, 1961, operates from the Ritto training centre in Japan. He has a mixed string of Flat horses and jumpers and has had over 200 winners since taking out a trainer’s licence in 2004. He trained Super Hornet to score three times in Grade Two company although the horse had moved to a new handler when winning a Grade One. His first success at the top level came when Grand Prix Boss won the 2010 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, the JRA’s champion race for two-year-olds. This season, he has won the Grade One NHK Mile Cup with Grand Prix Boss and the Grade Three Falcon Stakes with Henny Hound. Up to June 6, Yahagi had 205 career wins in 2,222 starts in JRA races.

 

Mirco Demuro

Demuro, who was born at Marino in Rome on January 11, 1979, is the son, nephew and cousin of Italian professional jockeys. Having been granted his apprentice licence on September 28, 1994, attached to the stable of Giuseppe Ilardi, he rode his first winner that November, when still 15.  He was champion apprentice in 1995 with 80 wins and became the first jockey to win the Italian jockeys' championship as a teenager when he triumphed in 1997, with the help of the Milanese stable of Luciano D'Auria and owners Suderia Rencati. His victory on King Park in November, 1999, at Turin was his 200th of that season and meant that he became the first jockey in Italy to amass a double century since Gianfranco Dettori, Frankie s father, took the last of his 13 titles in 1985. After winning his fourth consecutive jockeys’ title in 2000 he decided to broaden his horizons and concentrate on riding abroad, setting a new record in Japan that winter, when he scored 35 times during a single short-term licence, beating the previous best set by Olivier Peslier. He has continued his association with Japan and in 2003 became the first overseas-born jockey to win the Japan Derby when scoring on Neo Universe. He won the 2008 Japan Cup on Screen Hero and in March this year landed a bumper payout when winning the Dubai World Cup on the Japanese-trained Victoire Pisa. He is no stranger to riding in Britain and finished second in the Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May on Worthadd. Although he has not scored at the Royal Meeting, he has ridden at Ascot before in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in 2000, 2001 and 2008, when his only victory came aboard the Paul Cole-trained Strategic Mount. He also partnered Falbrav when fifth in the 2003 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Among his major wins at home have been the Italian Derby in 2002 with Rakti and in 2010 with Worthadd.

 

 


HINCHINBROOK (AUS) FACTFILE

4 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Snippets’ Lass (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))

Form: 113430303-36352               Owner: Francis Naude                   Trainer: Peter Moody AUS

Breeder: Francis Naude                Jockey: Luke Nolen

 

Hinchinbrook

Named after the largest island of the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook was home-bred by his owner Francis Naude and is a three-parts brother to Group One winner and up and coming sire Snitzel. Hinchinbrook is the last foal of stakes-winning mare Snippet’s Lass, who died within hours of his birth in September 2007 meaning that the son of Fastnet Rock had to be raised by a foster mother. With his half-sister Viennese having been sold for AUS$1.4 million, Naude initially decided to sell Hinchinbrook and he was entered in the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but his breeder decided to keep the colt after he started to show distinct signs of ability at home. He was sent to Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan and, following a pair of promising barrier trials, made a winning debut at Randwick on February 13, 2010. Hinchinbrook continued to impress with a game victory on his next start in the Group Three Skyline Stakes at the same course the following month but could only finish a modest third in the Group Two Ilasik Pago Stakes at Rosehill two weeks later. He returned to form on his final two starts of the 2009/10 campaign as he ran with great credit in two of Australia’s premier juvenile Group One contests, coming home fourth in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill and taking third in the Produce Stakes, when he was beaten by half a length. Hinchinbrook endured a lacklustre 2010/2011 campaign that started with a disappointing 12th behind Toorak Toff in the Group One New Golden Rose at Rosehill in August. He failed to take advantage of a drop down in class as he could only finish third in a Listed race at the same course the following month, before trailing home seventh in the Group Two Premiere Stakes at the same course. Hinchinbrook was denied a clear run when taking third in a Randwick Listed race on his final start for Gerald Ryan in October. He joined the stable of Peter Moody in December and returned to form on his first start for the Melbourne handler as he came home third behind Eagle Falls in the Group One Oakleigh Plate over an extended five furlongs at Caulfield on February 26. Hinchinbrook took on stable companion Black Caviar on his three subsequent starts in Australia’s top Group One sprints, including when sixth behind the superstar mare in the six-furlong Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 12. Hinchinbrook bettered that effort when taking third in the William Reid, also over six furlongs at Moonee Valley on March 25, but could only finish a well-beaten fifth behind the peerless sprinter in the Darley T J Smith Stakes over the same trip at Randwick on April 9. He stepped up to seven furlongs as he filled the runner-up spot in Group One All Aged Stakes, also at Randwick, on April 23, and is on course for the six-furlong Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot (June 18) following an impressive barrier trial over four furlongs at Cranbourne on May 23.

Race Record: Starts: 14; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 6; Win & Place Prize Money: £386,373

 

Francois Naude

Francois Naude is a prawn farmer and former Sydney merchant banker who resides in Ingham, Queensland - next to the largest island of the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook. He had his first experience in racing when he bought a majority share in the highly talented filly Aragen, who won the Group One Produce Stakes as a juvenile and started favourite in the 1995 Australasian Oaks but had to be put down after falling mid-race. Following the early success of Aragen, Naude bought Snippets' Lass for AUS$65,000 at the Easter yearling sale on the advice of trainer Bill Mitchell. The filly won seven times but went on to greater success after retiring to the breeding sheds in 2000. Her offspring have realised more then $3 million in the sales ring and her most famous son is Snitzel, who was sold for AUS$260,000 by Naude before going on to Group One glory in the Oakleigh Plate. The horse was syndicated as a stallion for a reported AUS$6 million and was second on the first season sires list in Australia for 2009/2010. Naude, who moved to Queensland to set up his prawn business in 2005, endured a torrid 2009 as he was nearly drowned in the floods that hit the area and suffered heavy financial losses as his farm was ravaged. He also spent two weeks in intensive care with internal bleeding and a broken pelvis after being kicked by another one of his homebreds, Zipsnip.

 

Peter Moody AUS

Raised in Charleville, Queensland, Peter Moody, who was born on July 31, 1969, worked for legendary trainers T J Smith and Colin Hayes, and spent 10 years as foreman to Bill Mitchell in Sydney, before being granted a trainer’s licence in his own name. Initially based in Queensland, his first Group One success came in November, 2001, when Amalfi took the VRC Derby. In 2002, Moody moved his operation to Caulfield racetrack in Melbourne, Victoria. His first full season in Victoria saw him win the Country Trainers Premiership and finish second in the Victorian Premiership. Ancient Song landed the Group One Salinger Stakes in 2003, while Sky Cuddle took the 2004 Group One Emirates Classic for Moody and his longstanding patrons and friends Stuart and Trish Ramsey. The Ramseys teamed up again with Moody for a poignant victory in the Group One Doomben Cup on May 19, 2007, which Moody described as “the greatest moment of my racing life@. Cinque Cento’s success in the Doomben contest came two weeks after the Ramseys’ 18-year-old daughter Sherilee died in her sleep of natural causes. At Royal Ascot in 2007, Magnus became Moody’s first overseas runner as he finished third behind Miss Andretti in the King’s Stand Stakes. Riva San became the stable’s first multiple Group One winner when, in the space of a week, she won the 2008 QTC Oaks and Derby double, and Moody hit further heights with the outstanding mare Typhoon Tracy, who won six Group One races in a stellar career headed by an outstanding 2009/2010 campaign that saw her win the Myer Classic, Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and Queen of the Turf Stakes, as well as the award for Australian Horse Of The Year. Moody also enjoyed further Group One success with Headway, Wanted and Anacheeva as he ended the 2009/2010 with the Victorian Trainers’ Premiership with 83 wins and also secured the metropolitan and country titles, breaking the 32-year domination of the Hayes and Freedman dynasties. Moody has unearthed a worthy successor to Typhoon Tracy in the form of outstanding sprinter Black Caviar, who is unbeaten in 13 starts and has carried all before her in Australia this season with six Group One wins to her name. Her success has ensured that Moody will head the Victorian Trainers Premiership for a second successive season. As of June 6, Moody has sent out 147 winners (plus one dead-heat) in Australia, 50 clear of his nearest rival, and has accrued prize money of AUS$9.3million.

 

Luke Nolen

Born on March 12, 1980, Luke Nolen is the son of trainer and former jockey Vincent Nolen (more commonly known as Tal) whose short riding career ended after he took a couple of falls. Nolen grew up surrounded by horses on his parent’s farm in Benalla, north east Victoria. Apprenticed to Mansfield-based trainer Gerald Egan for three years, he moved on to Brian Mayfield-Smith’s stable but then struggled to get rides as he lost focus for a period and racing dropped down his priority list. His fortunes changed after a chance phone call from leading trainer Peter Moody in 2003, who mistakenly booked Nolen for two winning rides at Sale thinking that he was actually recruiting Luke’s brother Shaun. The pair soon struck up a formidable partnership, which has brought numerous big-race successes, including with the filly Headway, winner of the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes in October, 2009 and Typhoon Tracy in the Myer Classic, Futurity Stakes and C F Orr Stakes. The Nolen-Moody partnership has scaled new heights this term with the outstanding sprinter Black Caviar, who is unbeaten in 13 starts and has six Group One wins to her name. Nolen has been onboard for five of those Group One successes - he missed out on her win in the Patinack Farms Classic in November because he was suspended. Nolen has also triumphed on El Segundo in the 2007 Cox Plate for trainer Colin Little and landed the 2006 Caulfield Guineas for Bart Cummings on Wonderful World. Nolen won his first Victoria Jockey Premiership in 2010. He suffered an horrific fall from Antidotes at Doomben racecourse on May 17, 2008, that left him unconscious with a broken palate, eye socket, cheekbone, nose and jaw, as well as damage to a knee. Remarkably he returned to race-riding barely three months later. Nolen married Alicia in early 2008 and they have a young son, Dane. In his spare time, Nolen enjoys snowboarding and also owns a speed boat, which enables him to indulge in water skiing and wakeboarding. He returns to Ascot for the ride on Hinchinbrook in the Golden Jubilee, having made his European debut in last year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, when he received the award for Dubai Duty Free Ride of the Day for his victorious performance aboard Set The Trend.

STAR WITNESS (AUS) FACTFILE

4 ch c Starcraft (NZ) - Leone Chiara (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))

 

Form: 1/1103412-30                                                           Owner: Widden Stud                      Trainer: Danny O’Brien AUS

Breeder: Alma Vale Bloodstock Pty Ltd                          Jockey: Steven Arnold

 

Star Witness

Star Witness became the first Group One winner for the 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes victor Starcraft when posting a head verdict in the six-furlong Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 20, 2010. The four-year-old is the only runner to date for the former top class sprinting mare Leone Chiara, who was successful in Group Three company and is a full-sister to Group winners Chinchilla Rose and Ferocity. Star Witness was sold to Danny O’Brien for AUS$150,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and he made an impressive start to his career, following up a debut victory at Moonee Valley on November 28, 2009, with a ready success in a Flemington Listed contest in January, 2010. He subsequently registered a first Group One success in the Diamond Stakes but trailed in 12th on his final juvenile appearance in the Group Two Todman Stakes at Rosehill in March, 2010. Star Witness kicked off the 2010/2011 season by taking third in an extended five-furlong Listed contest at Caulfield in August. After finishing fourth behind Black Caviar in the six-furlong Group Two Schillaci Stakes at the same course on October 9, Star Witness registered his second Group One success as he powered clear of his rivals for a two-length success in the Coolmore Stud Stakes over six furlongs at Flemington on October 30. He re-opposed Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic, also over six furlongs at Flemington, on November 6 and lost little in defeat by coming home second, four lengths behind the outstanding sprinter. Star Witness was given a break and returned to action when taking third in a Sandown Listed contest over an extended six furlongs on February 9. He was purchased by Widden Stud shortly after that run to stand at their New South Wales operation and made his final start ahead of Royal Ascot when finishing seventh behind Black Caviar in the six-furlong Group One Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 12.

Race Record: Starts: 10; Wins: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £775,430

 

Widden Stud

Star Witness was purchased by Widden Stud in February, 2011, and the four-year-old Starcraft colt will stand at the New South Wales operation after his European engagements this summer. Widden Stud is one of the most successful studs in Australia and is unique because it has been owned by members of the Thompson family since it was founded in the picturesque Widden Valley  in 1867. Current owner Anthony Thompson is a seventh generation descendant of John Thompson, who emigrated from England to Australia in 1832 and originally set a sheep farm before the family decided to concentrate on breeding horses some 30 years later. Since then Widden Stud has been home to some of the finest stallions and broodmares including Lochiel and Grafton, who were both Australian champion sire on four occasions, and Maltster, a five-time champion sire. The current crop of 10 stallions at Widden includes Golden Slipper winner Stratum, who is on course to become champion first season sire this season, fellow Golden Slipper victor Sebring as well as top-class sprinters Nicconi, who was fourth in last year’s Golden Jubilee Stakes when part-owned by Widden, and Northern Meteor. In 2010,Widden Stud sold AUS$10.4 million worth of yearlings at the major sales led by an Encosta de Lago colt that fetched AUS$700,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

 

Danny O’Brien AUS

Born on May 13, 1970, Danny O’Brien grew up surrounded by horses at the family home at Kyabram in the Goulburn River Valley, 200 kilometres north of Melbourne. He was educated at Xavier College, Australia’s leading Roman Catholic school, and graduated with a degree in law and economics at Melbourne University. After completing his studies, O’Brien worked for legendary handler Bart Cummings before taking up the foreman’s position with Caulfield trainer James Riley. He took out his own licence at Epsom, Melbourne, in 1995 with just one horse, Mad Hatter, who gave him a first metropolitan meeting success when winning at Sandown on Boxing Day of the same year before finishing sixth in the 1996 Australian Guineas. O’Brien enjoyed his first black-type winner when Kirkberg landed the 1996 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington on her debut, and he registered a first Group One success when Porto Roca, dam of last year’s King Edward VII Stakes victor Monterosso, captured the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill in March, 2001. The trainer has since gone on to further Group One victories with horses such as Glamour Puss, who triumphed in the Goodwood Handicap and the Salinger Stakes before becoming O’Brien’s first European runner when the mare contested both the King’s Stand Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2006, plus Star Witness. He has also enjoyed success in Dubai with Valedictum, who scored in a handicap at Nad Al Sheba in February, 2009, while Duoro Valley was ninth in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December, 2008. O’Brien’s most notable victory came with Master O’Reilly in the Group One Caulfield Cup at Caulfield in 2007, with stable companion Duoro Valley taking second - the first time in 25 years that a trainer had saddled the first two in the prestigious handicap. He sent out Shamrocker to win the Australian Guineas and Derby this year. O’Brien trains at Australia’s most famous racecourse, Flemington, as well as having a 160-acre private training complex at Barwon Heads, just outside Melbourne.

 

Steven Arnold

Born and raised in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory of Australia, Steven Arnold, 36, began his riding career as an apprentice to his mother, Sheila, before moving on to the stables of leading Adelaide trainer Ted Cameron. After six months, he was lured to the yard of Lee Freedman, but found it hard to make an impact on the Melbourne scene as a 17-year-old and returned to Adelaide to ride for Cameron’s son Russell. The partnership flourished and Arnold won local jockey premierships as an apprentice and senior rider, before the jockey decided to try his luck riding in Macau. When Cameron decided to move to Melbourne in 1998, Arnold returned to Australia soon after and the pair enjoyed a superb spring campaign in 2000, culminating with victory in the Thousand Guineas with All Time High. Arnold enjoyed success with another Cameron-trained horse, Bomber Bill, who won the Australia Stakes and the Goodwood Handicap and contested the Golden Shaheen in Dubai and the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin. Other horses to have been ridden by Arnold include the Bart Cummings-trained Magical Miss, who won the Thousand Guineas and the VRC Oaks in 2001, and the outstanding sprinter Toledo, who landed the Australia Stakes in 2002. Arnold also struck up a productive partnership with sprinter Scenic Blast, on whom he won the Coolmore Lightning Stakes and the Crown Newmarket Handicap as well as enjoying a first British success (on his first ride in this country) in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, 2009. In 2010, Arnold enjoyed a purple patch of big race wins thanks to the brilliant So You Think as the pair recorded a quartet of Group One wins in the Underwood Stakes, the Yalumba Stakes, the Cox Plate and the Mackinnon Stakes. Arnold was also in the saddle when So You Think finished a heroic third in the Melbourne Cup. As well as being one of Australia’s most successful jockeys, Arnold is also one of the tallest at 5' 9" and he doesn’t ride below 55kg, which has restricted his opportunities in some of the leading handicaps.


SWEET SANETTE (SAF) FACTFILE

6 b m Jallad (USA) - Scented Samantha (SAF) (National Assembly (CAN))

 

Form: 15/131312/11512/2300-301                       Owners: Chow Hong & Wu Po Kung     Trainer: Tony Millard HK

Breeder: Highlands Farm Stud (pty) Ltd Jockey: Jamie Spencer

 

Sweet Sanette

Sweet Sanette was originally trained in South Africa by Roy Magner, for whom she raced seven times culminating in a two-length success in the Grade Three Sycamore Sprint over just shy of six furlongs at Turffontein in April, 2009. She was sold by owner Wally Brits soon after and was exported to Hong Kong in June of the same year, becoming one of only a handful of fillies to race into the region, which has no specific races for the fairer sex. Sweet Sanette made her debut for her new trainer Gary Ng in a five-furlong handicap at Sha Tin in December, 2009, and she came home second after proving fractious entering the stalls. She improved on her debut effort in Hong Kong on her next start, comfortably taking another handicap over the same course and distance in January, 2010. Stepped up in class, Sweet Sanette continued to thrive, posting a pair of class one handicap successes over five furlongs at Happy Valley and Sha Tin and ending the 2009/2010 campaign with a fine second in the local Group Three Sha Tin Vase Handicap over six furlongs. She started the 2010/2011 campaign with a pair of excellent efforts in Hong Kong Group Three handicaps at Sha Tin, filling the runner-up spot behind Sacred Kingdom in the five-furlong Sha Tin Sprint Trophy and taking third in the six-furlong Premier Bowl over a furlong further. Sweet Sanette took on some of the best sprinters in the world on her next start in the Group Two Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Sprint, also over six furlongs at Sha Tin, on November 21 but could not get on terms with the likes of Rocket Man, One World and Sacred Kingdom as she trailed home 10th. She produced another rare disappointing performance in a class one handicap over the same distance at Happy Valley on December 23 but returned to form with a good third behind Sacred Kingdom in the prestigious Hong Kong Group One Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup over five furlongs at Sha Tin on January 16. Sweet Sanette’s in and out season continued when she could only take in a messy renewal of the six-furlong Hong Kong Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize, again at Sha Tin, on February 5 and she left Gary Ng’s stable soon after to join the in-form Tony Millard operation. Sweet Sanette made a dream debut for the former South African champion trainer as she finally got the better of Sacred Kingdom (who was conceding 16lb) when posting a neck verdict over the legendary sprinter in the local Group Three Chow Tai Fook Bauhinia Sprint Trophy over five furlongs at Sha Tin on April 9. She is set to remain at the minimum trip for the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14, when Jamie Spencer will be riding her for the first time.

Race Record: Starts: 20; Wins: 8; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £466,806

 

Chow Hong & Wu Po Kung

Hong Kong businessmen Chow Hong (also known by his anglicised name Eugene Chow) has  been a long-time supporter of racing in the region. Chow Hong’s first foray into racehorse ownership came with E Treasure, who won Sha Tin handicap in January, 1990, and he has been involved with a total of six horses to have run in Hong Kong, including useful handicapper Electric Flash. Sweet Sanette is the first horse that he has part-owned with Wu Po Kung (who also goes by the name of Norman Wu) and is easily the best horse that he had part-owned, having given both owners a first Hong Kong Group success in the Group Tai Fook Bauhinia Sprint Trophy at Sha Tin on April 9.

 

Tony Millard

Born on November 13, 1961, Tony Millard is the son of one of South Africa’s greatest ever trainers, Terrance Millard, who was champion trainer on seven occasions and won 117 Grade One races in a racing career that spanned six decades. The Millard family emigrated from Wales to South Africa in the 1920s and Tony’s grandfather, a dairy family and horse buyer for the British army during World War One, went into the fish business and was also the first person to produce potato crisps in South Africa. Tony followed in his father’s footsteps and enjoyed a six-month spell working for John Gosden at Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, in 1983-1984 before immigration rules forced him to return to South Africa. He assisted his father for seven years before taking over the licence upon Terrance’s retirement at the end of 1991 and he enjoyed eight hugely successful years, gaining the trainers’ championship twice, winning every major race in South Africa and being responsible for three horses of the year - Empress Club, Jet Master and Surfing Home. He decided to embark on a fresh challenge after the 1998/99 season and moved to Hong Kong. Millard enjoyed a superb first season in the region as Keen Winner triumphed in the Group One Hong Kong Derby in March, 2000. Other notable winners include Royal Flush, who landed the Juvenile Sprint Trophy in June, 2009, and ended the year as Champion Griffin (best first season horse). Millard is currently enjoying his best season since he arrived in Hong Kong and he has enjoyed a hat-trick of Group One victories with Ambitious Dragon in the Hong Kong Classic Cup, the Hong Kong Derby and the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup. Sweet Sanette scored on her debut for Millard in the local Group Three Chow Tai Fook Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, while Sparkling Power took the Group Three Hong Kong Macau Trophy. As of June 6, Millard has sent out 33 winners already this term (three more than 2009/2010) and has accrued more than HK$45million in prizemoney. Millard’s wife Beverly grew up in Yorkshire before her family moved out to South Africa when she was six, while his sister Carol is married to South African trainer Geoff Woodruff.

 

Jamie Spencer

Jamie Spencer, who was born on June 8, 1980, in Co Tipperary, sprang to prominence by winning the 1998 Irish 1,000 Guineas on the Tommy Stack-trained Tarascon at the age of 17 when apprenticed to Liam Browne, through whose hands the likes of Mick Kinane, Mark Dwyer, Tommy Carmody and Stephen Craine had also passed. He rode his first winner on Huncheon Chance for Ian Ferguson at Downpatrick on May 11, 1996. Spencer's father George, who died when his son was only 12, sent out the one-eyed Winning Fair to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1963 and the family home was a farm next to Edward O'Grady's Ballynonty stable so there was a special poignancy when Spencer survived a stewards' enquiry to take the 2002 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on the O'Grady-trained Pizarro. Spencer was always more keen on riding than his studies when boarding at Kilkenny College and was best friends with James 'Fozzy' Stack, whose father Tommy trained Tarascon. Spencer was brought over to Britain by the Stack family friend, Barney Curley, to ride Magic Combination to win over hurdles at Kempton in January, 1999, but soon concentrated on the Flat. He began a two-year contract with Luca Cumani in 2002, winning that season's Singapore Cup on Endless Hall in May and the Irish 1,000 Guineas on Gossamer. Having been used as a second-string rider by both Godolphin and Aidan O'Brien, winning the 2003 St Leger on Brian Boru, he was signed up by the O'Brien team to ride as first-choice rider to replace Mick Kinane in 2004, a disappointing season by Ballydoyle's high standards. Spencer handed in his notice at Ballydoyle in 2005 and enjoyed a wonderful season as a freelance in England that year, being crowned champion jockey and enjoying Group One victories on the likes of David Junior and Goodricke. In 2006, he finished runner-up to Ryan Moore in the jockeys' championship and enjoyed further success on David Junior in the Coral-Eclipse while in 2007 he shared the jockeys' championship with Seb Sanders after a dramatic battle which went down to the final day of the season at Doncaster. He had a wonderful 2009, partnering Sariska to victory in both the Investec Oaks and the Irish Oaks but a slightly low-key 2010 yielded only 43 winners. He has an arrangement to ride horses owned by Jim and Fitri Hay, for whom he rode King's Gambit to win the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April. He has also enjoyed success in recent times sporting the grey colours of Dr Marwan Koukash. Spencer has been back among the winners for Ballydoyle this season and has twice partnered last year's Investec Coronation Cup winner Fame And Glory to Listed race victories in Ireland. He will be linking up with Tony Millard once again at Royal Ascot, having ridden winners for the trainer during his brief stint in Hong Kong in 2003/04.

 

 



MORE THAN REAL (USA) FACTFILE

3 ch f More Than Ready (USA) - Miss Seffens (USA) (Dehere (USA))

 

Form: 121-                            Owner: Bobby Flay             Trainer: Todd Pletcher USA

Breeder: Santucket Stables          Possible Jockey: John Velazquez

 

More Than Real

The third foal of multiple Listed winner Miss Seffens, who finished fourth in the 2000 Kentucky Oaks, More Than Real comes into Royal Ascot with top-class American turf form. A winner on her debut over an extended mile at Saratoga on August 14, the More Than Ready filly was then pitched into Grade Three company to contest the Natalma Stakes over a mile at Woodbine on September 18. Settled towards the rear of the field, she made steady progress down the outside inside the final quarter and was beaten a length and a half by New Normal. New Normal was among the 13 rivals More Than Real faced in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Churchill Downs on November 5, along with the hot favourite Winter Memories. However, on this occasion it was the Todd Pletcher-trained filly who came out on top in the Grade Two mile race as she powered to an impressive two-length victory over Winter Memories. She was initially considered a Kentucky Oaks prospect, but it was then decided to campaign her later in the season.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £375,752

 

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay was born in New York City on October 9, 1964, and is of Irish descent. Since starting his career as a 17-year-old in the famed New York theatreland restaurant Joe Allen’s in 1991, he has rapidly ascended to become one of the best-known celebrity chefs in North America. He regularly features on the Food Network and NBC and also owns a string of restaurants. He gained his first experience of racing when accompanying his grandfather Willie Flay to Belmont and Saratoga while a photo hanging in Joe Allen’s restaurant of the triple dead-heat in the 1944 Carter Handicap also made a lasting impression. His initial involvement in racehorse ownership came as a member of partnerships. With John Phillips and Richard Santulli he co-owned the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf fourth Wonder Again. More Than Real is the best horse he has owned in his own right. Barry Weisbord, President and Co-Publisher of the Thoroughbred Daily News, acts as his racing advisor. Flay is married to actress Stephanie March, best known for her role as Alexandra Cabot in the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and has a daughter called Sophie from a previous marriage.

 

Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher, who was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 26, 1967, is one of North America’s leading trainers. His father Jake trained both thoroughbreds and quarter horses. While studying at college, Pletcher spent his summers working for trainers Henry Moreno, D Wayne Lukas and Charlie Whittingham. On graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in animal science, he went to work as for D Wayne Lukas in New York, initially as a foreman before becoming an assistant trainer in 1991. During his time with Lukas, he worked on the East Coast and was associated with champions such as Thunder Gulch, Harlan, Serena’s Song, A Wild Ride and Flanders. He took out his own licence in December, 1995, and enjoyed his first winner, Majestic Number, in February, 1996, at Gulfstream Park, Florida. His first major success came with Ashado in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks. The filly subsequently won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and took the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly in 2004. In 2005, after a further three Grade One victories, she was awarded the Eclipse Award for Best Older Female. In 2005, Pletcher enjoyed 10 Grade One victories and set a single season earnings record of $20,867,842. However, that record last just one year when Pletcher topped it in 2006 with earnings of $27,670,243. That year, he trained a record 93 stakes winners, made up of 52 graded success and 17 Grade One victories. In 2007, he gained a first Triple Crown race victory with Rags To Riches, who became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since 1905 and in 2010 finally won the Kentucky Derby with his 25th runner, Super Saver, in the Classic. Uncle Mo, champion two-year-old colt of 2010, had to be scratched from the 2011 Kentucky Derby because of a mystery illness. Pletcher has a team of around 200 horses with his main base being at Garden City, New York. He employs assistants at in New York, Florida, the Midwest and New Jersey. He is married to Tracy and has two sons, Payton and Kyle, as well as a daughter, Hannah. He has had one previous runner in Britain, Starfish Bay, who finished unplaced in the Group Three King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2010.

                                                           

John Velazquez

John Velazquez was born in Caroline, Puerto Rico, on November 24, 1971.  After attending jockeys' school in Puerto Rico in 1988, he partnered his first winner at El Comandante in 1990. He moved to New York in March,1990, and, under the guidance of former leading jockey Angel Cordero Jr (who also acts as his agent) has gone on to win over 4,000 races. He has enjoyed a wonderful 2011 so far, taking the Kentucky Derby on Animal Kingdom. Velazquez is also no stranger to Royal Ascot. He first rode at the meeting in 2000 for Godolphin, alongside fellow countryman Jerry Bailey, and finished second in the Ribblesdale Stakes on Teggiano. He returned to the meeting nine years later for trainer Wesley Ward, and partnered two winners - Strike The Tiger in the Windsor Castle Stakes and Jealous Again in the Queen Mary Stakes. The biggest payday of his career came when winning the 2005 Dubai World Cup on Roses In May while he also boasts a formidable record at the Breeders’ Cup, where he has partnered nine winners. He teamed up with Todd Pletcher to take the 2007 Belmont Stakes with Rags To Riches.


BRIDGETOWN (USA) FACTFILE

 

4 ch c Speightstown (USA) - Ellesmere (USA) (Tabasco Cat (USA))

 

Form: 21124/1154-112                   Owner: Melnyk Racing Stables Inc                     Trainer: Todd Pletcher USA

Breeder: Eugene Melnyk  Possible Jockey: John Velazquez

 

Bridgetown

Bridgetown was bred by his owner Eugene Melnyk and hails from the family of Kentucky Derby winner Strike The Gold. A productive juvenile season in 2009 saw the son of Speightstown take the Grade Three Summer Stakes over a mile on turf at Woodbine while he also went close to glory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, going down by three-quarters of a length to the John Gosden-trained Pounced. Last season, he was campaigned over sprint distances and registered six-furlong victories at Saratoga and Monmouth Park. In October he contested the Grade One Neartic Stakes at Woodbine, coming home fifth to Serious Attitude, while he rounded off 2009 by finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The current campaign began with two successes over five furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park while his most recent outing came over the same distance in a Grade Three turf contest at Churchill Downs on May 7, when he finished the length and a quarter runner-up to Regally Ready.

Race Record: Starts: 12; Wins: 6; 2nd: 3; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £431,952

 

Eugene Melnyk

Eugene Melnyk is a billionaire Canadian businessman, who is currently based in Barbados. From a Ukrainian family, he was born in Toronto on May 27, 1959, Melnyk’s fortune is derived from the medical publishing company Trimel Corporation and Biovail Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. Melnyk retired as chairman and CEO of Biovail on June 30, 2007. He has been heavily involved with hockey in Canada and currently owns the National Hockey League side the Ottawa Senators. He also has plans to develop soccer in the Canadian capital. Melnyk’s involvement with racing is extensive. He owns Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Florida and has around 200 horses. His silks are blue and yellow, the same as on Ukraine’s national flag, while his horses are named after landmarks in Barbados. His best horses include Archers Bay, who won Canada’s most prestigious race, the Queen’s Plate, in 1998 amd Sealy Hill, who won Canadian Triple Tiara (fillies’ triple crown) in 2007 and was named Canadian Horse of the Year. In the US, his best performer was Bridgetown’s sire Speightstown, winner of the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and now a leading stallion.

 

Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher, who was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 26, 1967, is one of North America’s leading trainers. His father Jake trained both thoroughbreds and quarter horses. While studying at college, Pletcher spent his summers working for trainers Henry Moreno, D Wayne Lukas and Charlie Whittingham. On graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in animal science, he went to work as for D Wayne Lukas in New York, initially as a foreman before becoming an assistant trainer in 1991. During his time with Lukas, he worked on the East Coast and was associated with champions such as Thunder Gulch, Harlan, Serena’s Song, A Wild Ride and Flanders. He took out his own licence in December, 1995, and enjoyed his first winner, Majestic Number, in February, 1996, at Gulfstream Park, Florida. His first major success came with Ashado in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks. The filly subsequently won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and took the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly in 2004. In 2005, after a further three Grade One victories, she was awarded the Eclipse Award for Best Older Female. In 2005, Pletcher enjoyed 10 Grade One victories and set a single season earnings record of $20,867,842. However, that record last just one year when Pletcher topped it in 2006 with earnings of $27,670,243. That year, he trained a record 93 stakes winners, made up of 52 graded success and 17 Grade One victories. In 2007, he gained a first Triple Crown race victory with Rags To Riches, who became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since 1905 and in 2010 finally won the Kentucky Derby with his 25th runner, Super Saver, in the Classic. Uncle Mo, champion two-year-old colt of 2010, had to be scratched from the 2011 Kentucky Derby because of a mystery illness. Pletcher has a team of around 200 horses with his main base being at Garden City, New York. He employs assistants at in New York, Florida, the Midwest and New Jersey. He is married to Tracy and has two sons, Payton and Kyle, as well as a daughter, Hannah. He has had one previous runner in Britain, Starfish Bay, who finished unplaced in the Group Three King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2010.

                                                           

John Velazquez

John Velazquez was born in Caroline, Puerto Rico, on November 24, 1971.  After attending jockeys' school in Puerto Rico in 1988, he partnered his first winner at El Comandante in 1990.  Later that year he moved to New York in March,1990, and, under the guidance of former leading jockey Angel Cordero Jr (who also acts as his agent) has gone on to win over 4,000 races. He has enjoyed a wonderful 2011 so far, taking the Kentucky Derby on Animal Kingdom. Velazquez is also no stranger to Royal Ascot. He first rode at the meeting in 2000 for Godolphin, alongside fellow countryman Gerry Bailey, and finished second in the Ribblesdale Stakes on Teggiano. He returned to the meeting nine years later for trainer Wesley Ward, and partnered two winners - Strike The Tiger in the Windsor Castle Stakes and Jealous Again in the Queen Mary Stakes. The biggest payday of his career came when winning the 2005 Dubai World Cup on Roses In May while he also boast a formidable record at the Breeders’ Cup, where he has partnered nine winners. He teamed up with Todd Pletcher to take the 2007 Belmont Stakes with Rags To Riches.



WESLEY WARD’S ROYAL ASCOT RUNNERS

 

ITALO (USA)

2 b g With Distinction (USA) - Dance Forthe Green (USA) (West By West (USA))

Form: 1                      Owner: Wesley Ward & Ice Wine Stable Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder: Harold Plumley

           

Italo made an impressive winning debut in a five-furlong newcomers’ race at Longchamp on May 26, when he made all of the running under Jeffrey Sanchez to readily beat Ponte Vespucci by a length and a half. He is set to step up a furlong to contest the Group Two Coventry Stakes on June 14.

Race Record: Starts: 1; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £10,345     

 

 

HOLDIN BULLETS (USA)

2 b g Ghostzapper (USA) - Holy Bubbette (USA) (Holy Bull (USA))

Form: 1                                  Owner: Steve Bell                           Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder: R L & K Elam & Adena Spring

 

Holdin Bullets shipped over to Chantilly after registering an all-the-way success in an extended four-furlong maiden on the Polytrack at Keeneland on April 21, when he had to be kept up to work in the closing stages for a length verdict over Lord Tarzan, with five and three-quarter lengths back to the third home Danger Storm. The son of Ghostzapper is set to be entered in both the five-furlong Listed Windsor Castle Stakes (June 14) and the Listed Chesham Stakes over seven furlongs on June 18, which is the preferred target.

Race Record: Starts: 1; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £16,923

                                                                       

 

GENTLEMANS CODE (USA)

2 b g Proud Accolade (USA) - American Saint (USA) (Saint Ballado (CAN))

Form: 21                   Owner: Wesley Ward & Ice Wine Stable Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder:  Bridlewood Farm

 

Gentlemans Code made a promising debut when going down by two and a half lengths to Francesco Rules in five-furlong dirt maiden at Belmont Park on May 5. He duly built on that effort when easily winning a three-runner maiden over five furlongs at Folkestone under Mike Smith on May 26. Bear Behind, who was beaten a length and a quarter into second on that occasion, has since franked the form with an easy success in a Nottingham maiden, also over five furlongs, on June 1 and both horses are set to re-oppose in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes (June 14).

Race Record: Starts: 2; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £10,081    

 

 

GYPSY ROBIN (USA)

2 b/br f Daaher (USA) - Feisty Princess (USA) (Indian Charlie (USA))

Form: 1                      Owner: Gatewood Bell & Wesley Ward               Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

 

A $27,000 yearling, Gypsy Robin registered an emphatic debut victory when posting a seven and a half-length win under Jeffrey Sanchez in an extended four-furlong maiden on Polytrack at Keenland on April 22, giving her sire Daaher a first racecourse success in the process. She is set to be given entries in both the five-furlong Group Two Queen Mary Stakes on June 15, her likely target, and the Group Three Albany Stakes over a furlong further on June 17.

Race Record: Starts: 1; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £16,923


JUDY THE BEAUTY (CAN)

2 ch f Ghostzapper (USA) - Holy Blitz (USA) (Holy Bull (USA))

Form: 11                               Owner: Wesley Ward                                  Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder: Adena Springs

 

Judy The Beauty heads to Royal Ascot on the back of two victories over five furlongs in the USA and France. The daughter of Ghostzapper opened her account with a straightforward success in a four and a half-furlong Polytrack maiden at Keeneland on April 15, when she beat Wish To Opine by a length and a quarter. She was made to work harder on her next appearance in a five-furlong conditions race at Chantilly on May 2 as she had to fend off the late challenge of subsequent winner Ruby’s Day to score by a neck. Judy The Beauty is set to hold entries in both the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes over five furlongs (June 15) and the Group Three Albany Stakes over a furlong further (June 17), the preferred race.

Race Record: Starts: 2; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £31,578

 

EVERYDAY DAVE (CAN)

2 b g Weather Warning (USA) - Numerieus (FR) (Numerous (USA))

Form: 11                   Owner: Wesley Ward & Ice Wine Stable Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder: Dream With Me Stable Inc

 

Everyday Dave has won his two starts by an aggregate of more than 10 lengths. The Weather Warning gelding recorded a comfortable two and a quarter-length debut success in a Polytrack maiden over four and a half furlongs at Keeneland on April 8 before romping to an eight-length verdict in a five-furlong Chantilly maiden on May 2. He is set to line up in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes, also over five furlongs, on June 16.

Race Record: Starts: 2; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £31,578

 

TIZ TERRIFIC (USA)

2 b f Tiznow (USA) - Terrifee (USA) (Menifee (USA))

Form: 21                               Owner: Thomas Van Meter II                    Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder: Thomas Van Meter, Michael Lowenbaum & Dr R & E Dankner               

 

Tiz Terrific gave her trainer Wesley Ward a first win in France when she made all of the running to take a five-furlong Longchamp maiden by two and a half lengths on April 30. The daughter of Tiznow had previously gone down by a length to Ingenue in a Polytrack maiden over four and a half furlongs at Keeneland on April 9. She could line up in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes (June 15) or the Listed Chesham Stakes on June 18.

Race Record: Starts: 2; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £16,755     

 

HOLIDAY FOR KITTEN (USA)

3 b f Kitten’s Joy (USA) - Blue Holiday (USA) (Cure The Blues (USA))

Form: 2312-611                   Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey          Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Breeder: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

 

Holiday For Kitten was homebred on Ramsey Farm and is by the Ramsey’s dual Grade One winner Kitten’s Joy. She made her racecourse debut when coming home second in an extended seven-furlong turf maiden at Calder in August, 2010. After taking third over the same trip on the Polytrack of Keeneland in October, Holiday For Kitten opened her account at the third time of asking later the same month as she triumphed over an extended turf mile at Churchill Downs. Stepped up in class for her final juvenile start, Holiday Kitten ran an excellent race in defeat as she was worn down near the line to go down by half a length in the mile Grade Three Miesque Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park at the end of November. She kicked off her three-year-old campaign with two appearances on the turf of Gulfstream Park, coming home sixth in a mile allowance race on January 5 before showing good speed to comfortably take a five-furlong allowance optional claimer on February 12. Her ability over sprint trips was further advertised in the non-graded Giant’s Causeway Stakes over an extended five furlongs on Polytrack at Keeneland on April 24, when she made all for a half-length success over Wild About Marie, breaking the track record in the process. Holiday For Kitten holds entries in all three British legs of the Global Sprint Challenge - the King’s Stand Stakes (June 14) and the Golden Jubilee Stakes (June 18) at Royal Ascot plus the Darley July Cup (July 9) at Newmarket.

Race Record: Starts: 7; Wins: 3; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £90,989


 



WESLEY WARD

 

Born on March 3, 1968, in Saleh, Washington State, Wesley Ward is the grandson of long-serving New York outrider Jim Dailey and the son of former apprentice and trainer Dennis Ward.

 

Ward jnr left school at 14 and moved to New York to ride when he was just 15 and enjoyed a sensational first season, partnering 335 winners and becoming leading jockey at  the Belmont, Aqueduct and Meadowlands fall meetings. Such a meteoric rise to fame was rewarded with Ward receiving the Eclipse Award for leading apprentice when he was just 16 in 1984. Spells riding in Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Illinois and Canada followed and Ward was in the plate when subsequent Kentucky Derby hero Ferdinand lost his maiden tag in 1985. 

 

A growth spurt and weight problems forced Ward to quit riding in 1989 and he assisted his father for four years prior to starting out on his own as a trainer in 1993. He celebrated his first Stakes victory as a trainer when Unfinished Symph landed the Grade Three Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park in June, 1994, and the horse went on to be third in the Grade One Breeders' Cup Mile that November before going on to further Graded success in the San Francisco Mile and the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile the following year. Other notable horses to have been trained by Ward include Men's Exclusive, who earned more than $1.4 million in his career and raced in the Sprinter's Stakes in Japan as well as the Dubai Golden Shaheen (in which he was second in 2001), and Bear Fan, who landed Grade Two victories in the Genuine Risk Handicap and the Vagrancy Handicap in 2004.

 

Ward also trained Pesci, who was third in the Grade One Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap in June, 2004, for her co-owner and Hollywood actor Joe Pesci, while the trainer was also responsible for One Hot Wish, who set a new world record for of 48.87 seconds for 4.5 furlongs on her debut at Keeneland in April, 2007.

 

Based in Glendora, California, Ward also trains at Gulfstream Park, Florida, throughout the winter months.

 

On June 16, 2009, Ward became the first US-based trainer to saddle a winner at Royal Ascot when Strike The Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33/1. He followed up a day later with Jealous Again in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes. His other runners at the five-day meeting were Aegean, Yogaroo, Honor In Peace and Canonball.

 

The last-named was sixth in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs on the first day of the meeting but came out again four days later to finish runner-up in the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs.

 

Ward returned to Royal Ascot last year with Metropolitan Man, who finished ninth in the Windsor Castle Stakes, but he looks set to have his biggest ever team at this year’s meeting with an eight-strong team being readied at the stables of Xavier Nakkachdji at Chantilly, France.

 

The trainer has broken new ground once again this year, enjoying a first French success when Tiz Terrific landed a five-furlong maiden at Longchamp on April 30 and he has since sent out Everyday Dave, Judy The Beauty and Italo to victory in the country.

 

Ward has been successful in Britain already this season with Gentlemans Code, who scored under Mike Smith at Folkestone May 26. All four juveniles are set to run at Royal Ascot alongside fellow two-year-olds Holdin Bullets and Gypsy Robin and three-year-old filly Holiday For Kitten, who holds entries in the King’s Stand Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes. 



AMERICAN JOCKEYS RIDING AT ROYAL ASCOT THIS YEAR

 

Joel Rosario

Californian-based Joel Rosario is set to make his British debut at Royal Ascot when he is likely to partner the Wesley Ward-trained Holiday For Kitten, who is entered in the King’s Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes. Rosario was born on January 14, 1985, at Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and grew up on a farm with donkeys and ponies. Trips to the races as a youngster made him want to become a jockey and after a spell at the jockeys’ school he received a licence at the age of 14 and had his first winner at Galapagos Hippodromo V Centenario in the Dominican Republic in July, 2000. He went on to be the country’s champion jockey four times before - helped by Dominican bloodstock agent Herbert Soto - travelling to America in 2006. He rode first at Fairplex Park and then went on to Golden Gate Fields in north California. He moved to the higher-grade southern California circuit in late 2007 and his first graded win came on the John Sadler-trained Zappa in the Grade Two San Pasqual Handicap on January 12, 2008. His reputation grew that year but it was in 2009 that his career really took off, with 284 victories and prize money of $13,073,777. He was leading rider at both Hollywood Park’s spring/summer meetings and at Del Mar in 2009 and 2010. He has enjoyed a number of Grade One successes and his sole Breeders’ Cup victory to date came aboard outsider Dancing In Silks in the 2009 Sprint at Santa Anita. He hit the headlines on December 11, 2009, when he achieving the rare feat of partnering six winners on a single card at Hollywood Park.

 

Jeffrey Sanchez

Jeffrey Sanchez, born on October 18, 1985, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the son of Raul Sanchez, who was also a jockey in Puerto Rico. Jeffrey’s uncle Milton Figueroa was also a track rider and has been a long-term member of the maintenance team at Calder racecourse, Florida. After learning the finer skills of riding in the saddle at the Puerto Rico jockey school, Sanchez spent three months at the island’s El Comandante racecourse, where he won two races before heading to America to ride at Miami’s leading racecourse Gulfstream Park in the spring of  2005. Sanchez enjoyed his first victory in the USA at Calder on May 5, 2005, and ended his first season in the country with 42 wins to his name. He enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2006 as recorded 119 wins and ended the year as second in the jockey standings at Calde. Sanchez also his first two Graded successes in 2006, firstly with the Manuel Azpurua-trained Nightmare Affair in the Grade Two Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder in July and on Nkosi Reigns in the Grade Three Spend A Buck Handicap at the same course in October. Sanchez won on his first ride at the Breeders’ Cup on board the Stanley Gold-trained Awesome Feather, who triumphed in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2010. He also registered a first success in France on Tiz Terrific and Longchamp on April 30 and has gone on to post three further wins in the country, all on Wesley Ward-trained juveniles. He is set to partner six of Ward’s eight runners at Royal Ascot this year and will make his British debut on Italo in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, June 14. Fellow juveniles Tiz Terrific, Gypsy Robin, Everyday Dave, Judy The Beauty and Holdin Bullets are also scheduled to be partnered by the jockey at the meeting.

 

Mike Smith

Not only will many of the world’s best horses on show at Royal Ascot this year but also some of the most-acclaimed riders on the planet, not least Mike Smith. The Californian-based jockey has been one of America’s top jockeys for over two decades, and will be forever linked with the brilliant filly Zenyatta. He will be having his first rides at Royal Ascot this year. Smith, who was born at Roswell in New Mexico on August 10,1965, began riding in races at the age of 11, following his father who was also a jockey, and is now just a handful of victories off 5,000 career wins. He officially took out a licence aged 16 in 1983 and served his apprenticeship at Canterbury Downs racecourse in Minnesota before moving to New York in 1989, where he was based for 12 years before moving to California in 2001. He has won many of America’s biggest races including all three legs of the Triple Crown - the Kentucky Derby (2005 Giacomo), Preakness Stakes (1993 Prairie Bayou) and Belmont Stakes (2010 Drosselmeyer). His first Breeders’ Cup victory came in the 1992 Mile with Lure and his dozen subsequent successes at the meeting include Zenyatta’s wins in the 2008 Ladies’ Classic and 2009 Classic. He received an Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey in 1993 and 1994 and was inducted to racing’s Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2000, his fellow riders voted for him to receive their highest accolade, the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He has also ridden a European Classic winner, aboard the American-trained Fourstars Allstar in the 1991 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh, and had a success on his first ride in Britain last month. That came aboard the Wesley Ward-trained Gentlemans Code in a maiden at Folkestone on May 26 and he will partner the same two-year-old in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.


THE KING’S STAND STAKES

Class One, Group One, £300,000 Total Prize Fund. British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge. Five furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. 3.05pm, Royal Ascot, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Entries closed, April 19, entries revealed, April 20 (59 entries). Scratchings deadline, Tuesday, May 24 (24 remained). Six-day confirmation & £30,000 supplementary entry stage Wednesday, June 8 (21 six-day confirmations). Final declaration stage 10.00am, Sunday, June 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 7. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form              Horse                                                 Age     Owner                                                Trainer

115/050-        ARCTIC (IRE)                                  4          Richard Pegum                                            Tracey Collins IRE

61311-0         ASTROPHYSICAL JET     4          Ladas                                                 Ed McMahon

154-112         BRIDGETOWN (USA)                    4          Eugene Melnyk                                            Todd Pletcher USA

2230-05         GROUP THERAPY             6          Pearl Bloodstock Ltd                                   David Barron

(3)12-61(1)    HOLIDAY FOR KITTEN (USA)    3          Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey             Wesley Ward USA

2(1)2120        IVER BRIDGE LAD             4          The Iver Lads                                                John Ryan

40436-2         KINGSGATE NATIVE (IRE)          6          Cheveley Park Stud                                    Sir Michael Stoute

34-0055         MAR ADENTRO (FR)                     5          B Cadet                                              Richard Chotard FR

113(3)0/-4      MONSIEUR CHEVALIER (IRE)    4          Valerie Hubbard & Ian Higginson            Richard Hannon

1/110-10        OVERDOSE                         6          MIKO Racing and Trading Kft                   Jozef Roszival HUN

450432                       PROHIBIT                             6          Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney   Robert Cowell

0(0)0220        RAIN DELAYED (IRE)                    5          Andrew Tinkler                                             Michael Dods

1520-06         ROSE BLOSSOM               4          Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Blossom) Richard Fahey

(0)-1124         SING SOFTLY (USA)                     3          Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

651-031         SOLE POWER                                 4          Sabena Power                                             Edward Lynam IRE

3412-30         STAR WITNESS (AUS)                 4          Widden Stud                                     Danny O'Brien AUS

4420-10         STONE OF FOLCA             3          Folkestone Racecourse Owners Group  John Best

300-301         SWEET SANETTE (SAF) 6          Chow Hong & Wu Po Kung                      Tony Millard HK

021110-         SWISS DIVA                         5          Lordship Stud                                               David Elsworth

1411-10         TANGERINE TREES                     6          Tangerine Trees Partnership                     Bryan Smart

040-012         WAR ARTIST (AUS)                       8          Rupert Plersch                                             Markus Klug GER

 

21 six-day confirmations

3 Irish-trained

2 American-trained

1 Australian-trained

1 French trained

1 German-trained

1 Hong Kong-trained

1 Hungarian-trained

 

THE ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES

Class One, Group One, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. British Champions Series. Old Mile. For three-year-old colts. 3.45pm, Royal Ascot, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Entries closed, April 19, entries revealed, April 20 (48 entries). Scratchings deadline, Tuesday, May 24 (23 remained). Six-day confirmation & £25,000 supplementary entry stage Wednesday, June 8 (13 six-day confirmations). Final declaration stage 10.00am, Sunday, June 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 7. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form              Horse                                                 Owner                                                            Trainer

31(1)-(6)31    ALEXANDER POPE (IRE)            Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor       Aidan O'Brien IRE

1115-              DREAM AHEAD (USA)                  Khalifa Dasmal                                                        David Simcock

10-(1)(1)22    DUBAWI GOLD                   Andrew Tinkler                                                         Richard Hannon

411-21                        EXCELEBRATION (IRE)   Giuliano Manfredini                                                Marco Botti

1111-11         FRANKEL                             Khalid Abdulla                                                         Henry Cecil

11-52              FURY                                     Cheveley Park Stud                                                William Haggas

011-431         GRAND PRIX BOSS (JPN)           Grand Prix Co Ltd                                        Yoshito Yahagi JPN

212-013         NEEBRAS (IRE)                  Godolphin                                                     Mahmood Al Zarooni

3414-20         REROUTED (USA)             Khalid Abdulla                                                         Barry Hills

(1)2-11                       TAZAHUM (USA)                Hamdan Al Maktoum                                              Sir Michael Stoute

210-504         TEMPS AU TEMPS (IRE)  Marquesa de Moratalla                                           Mikel Delzangles FR

11111-5         WOOTTON BASSETT                  Frank Brady & The Cosmic Cases                       Richard Fahey

61113-2         ZOFFANY (IRE)                   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier    Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

13 six-day confirmations

2 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

1 Japanese-trained

 

 

THE CORONATION STAKES

Class One, Group One, £250,000 Total Prize Fund. British Champions Series. Old Mile. For three-year-old fillies. Royal Ascot, Friday, June 17, 2011. Entries closed, April 19, entries revealed, April 20 (67 entries). Scratchings deadline, Tuesday, May 24 (26 remained). Six-day confirmation & £25,000 supplementary entry stage Saturday, June 11. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Wednesday, June 15. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 7. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form              Horse                                                 Owner                                                            Trainer

132-152         BAREFOOT LADY (IRE)   Helen Steel                                                   Richard Fahey

3131-00         CAPE DOLLAR (IRE)                     Saeed Suhail                                                           Sir Michael Stoute

23514             CLAIOMH SOLAIS (IRE)    Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson                              Jim Bolger IRE

16-3                CLINICAL                             Cheveley Park Stud                                                Sir Mark Prescott Bt

311-200         COCO DEMURE (IRE)                   Anna Romanello                                         Angelo Candi ITY

001-000         EIRNIN (IRE)                                    Annemarie O'Brien/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor            Aidan O'Brien IRE

3-21                ELMAAM                               Hamdan Al Maktoum                                              William Haggas

22-(2)004       ELSHABAKIYA (IRE)                     Saeed Manana                                                        Clive Brittain

0(2)(1)-10       EMPOWERING (IRE)                      Annemarie O'Brien                                      Aidan O'Brien IRE

11-60              HAVANT                               James & Anita Wigan                                             Sir Michael Stoute

61(1)1-01       HOORAY                               Cheveley Park Stud                                                Sir Mark Prescott Bt

153-02                        I LOVE ME                            Neven Botica                                                            Andrew Balding

12-401                        IMMORTAL VERSE (IRE) Richard Strauss                                           Robert Collet FR

3-21                JOVIALITY                           H R H Princess Haya of Jordan                            John Gosden

(2)(0)1                        LAUGHING (IRE)                 Mrs Magnier/Mrs O'Brien/Mrs Shanahan            Charles O'Brien IRE

011-60                        MAJESTIC DUBAWI                      Jaber Abdullah                                                         Mick Channon

143-330         MAQAASID                           Hamdan Al Maktoum                                              John Gosden

1116-0                        MEMORY (IRE)                    Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Masquerade  Richard Hannon

211-015         MISTY FOR ME (IRE)                     Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier    Aidan O'Brien IRE

121-                MORE THAN REAL (USA)            Bobby Flay                                                    Todd Pletcher USA

422-144         NOVA HAWK                                   Ahmed Mouknass                                       Rod Collet FR

3103-25         SHARNBERRY                   St Albans Bloodstock LLP                          Ed Dunlop

0113(6)-1       THEYSKENS' THEORY (USA)   Andrew Rosen                                                         Brian Meehan

235-522         TOGETHER (IRE)               Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor       Aidan O'Brien IRE

20-2230         WILD WIND (GER)              Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith    Aidan O'Brien IRE

2-0112                        WONDER OF WONDERS (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier            Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

26 horses remained after May 24 scratchings deadline

8 Irish-trained

2 French-trained

1 Italian-trained

1 American-trained

 

 

 


 

 

THE GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES

Class One, Group One, £400,000 Total Prize Fund. Global Sprint Challenge & British Champions Series. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Royal Ascot, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Entries closed, April 19, entries revealed, April 20 (67 entries).Scratchings deadline, Tuesday, May 24 (40 remained). Six-day confirmation & £40,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, June 13. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, June 16. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 7. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form              Horse                                                 Age     Owner                                                Trainer

50100-1         AMICO FRITZ (GER)                      5          Alexander Pereira                            Alex Pantall FR

115/050-        ARCTIC (IRE)                                  4          Richard Pegum                                            Tracey Collins IRE

134-011         BATED BREATH                4          Khalid Abdulla                                             Roger Charlton

61311-1         BEWITCHED (IRE)             4          Sue Magnier & Jacqueline O'Brien          Charles O'Brien IRE

53223-6         DALGHAR (FR)                   5          Neven Botica, Rex & Wendy Gorell         Andrew Balding

110210-         DEFINIGHTLY                                 5          Simon & Rosalind Emmet              Roger Charlton

35/140-1        DELEGATOR                                   5          Godolphin                                         Saeed bin Suroor

1115-              DREAM AHEAD (USA)                  3          Khalifa Dasmal                                            David Simcock

1233-51         ELZAAM (AUS)                    3          Hamdan Al Maktoum                                  Roger Varian

0342-10         GENKI (IRE)                         7          Gillian Khosla                                               Roger Charlton

53-6036         GLOR NA MARA (IRE)                   3          Jackie Bolger                                                Jim Bolger IRE

3-36352         HINCHINBROOK (AUS)    4          Francois Naude                               Peter Moody AUS

(1)-(5)(5)441  HITCHENS (IRE)                 6          Laurence O'Kane & Paul Murphy            David Barron

(3)12-61(1)    HOLIDAY FOR KITTEN (USA)    3          Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey             Wesley Ward USA

61(1)1-01       HOORAY                               3          Cheveley Park Stud                                    Sir Mark Prescott Bt

(1)-(5)2(5)34  INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE)     6          P Condron                                        Michael Halford IRE

0-66(3)10       JIMMY STYLES                  7          Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers               Clive Cox

40436-2         KINGSGATE NATIVE (IRE)          6          Cheveley Park Stud                                    Sir Michael Stoute

(1)316//1-       LADDIES POKER TWO (IRE)      6          Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda

131-504         LADIES ARE FOREVER   3          Reg Bond                                          Geoff Oldroyd

356212-         LADY OF THE DESERT (USA)   4          Jaber Abdullah                                             Brian Meehan

20(1)14-2       MAC'S POWER (IRE)                     5          Michael McDonnell                         James Fanshawe

1261-00         MARKAB                              8          Mosaic Racing                                             Henry Candy

2431-63         MASAYA                               3          Saeed Manana                                            Clive Brittain

113(3)0/-4      MONSIEUR CHEVALIER (IRE)    4          Valerie Hubbard & Ian Higginson            Richard Hannon

4100-43         ORACLE (IRE)                                 3          Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

32040-4         PALACE MOON                  6          Canisbay Bloodstock                                  William Knight

0(0)0220        RAIN DELAYED (IRE)                    5          Andrew Tinkler                                             Michael Dods

13035-0         RODRIGO DE TORRES    4          Mark Gittins                                       James Hartnett IRE

1520-06         ROSE BLOSSOM               4          Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Blossom) Richard Fahey

10/60-63        ROYAL ROCK                                 7          Aida Fustoq                                      Chris Wall

(0)-1124         SING SOFTLY (USA)                     3          Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

1220-02         SOCIETY ROCK (IRE)                   4          Simon Gibson                                              James Fanshawe

651-031         SOLE POWER                                 4          Sabena Power                                             Edward Lynam IRE

3412-30         STAR WITNESS (AUS)                 4          Widden Stud                                     Danny O'Brien AUS

300-301         SWEET SANETTE (SAF) 6          Chow Hong & Wu Po Kung                      Tony Millard HK

0060-16         TOTAL GALLERY (IRE)    5          Pearl Bloodstock Ltd                                   Mikel Delzangles FR

040-012         WAR ARTIST (AUS)                       8          Rupert Plersch                                             Markus Klug GER

61113-2         ZOFFANY (IRE)                   3          Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

39 current entries (1 scratched since May 24 scratchings deadline - BLU CONSTELLATION (ITY))

9 Irish-trained

2 Australian-trained

2 French-trained

1 German-trained

1 Hong Kong-trained

1 American-trained

 

 



THE DARLEY JULY CUP

Class One, Group One, £400,000 Total Prize Fund. Global Sprint Challenge & British Champions Series. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Newmarket, Saturday, July 9, 2011. Entries closed, May 3, entries revealed, May 4 (57 entries). Scratchings deadline, Tuesday, June 21. Six-day confirmation & £30,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, July 4. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, July 7. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, June 7. May not include some overseas form.

 

Form              Horse                                                 Age                 Owner                                                Trainer

50100-1         AMICO FRITZ (GER)                      5     Alexander Pereira                                 Alex Pantall FR

115/050-        ARCTIC (IRE)                                  4     Richard Pegum                                     Tracey Collins IRE

61311-0         ASTROPHYSICAL JET     4          Ladas                                                 Ed McMahon

11134-011     BATED BREATH                4          Khalid Abdulla                                             Roger Charlton

12410-0         BROOX (IRE)                                   3     Geoff Lucas                                           Eoghan O'Neill FR

153223-6       DALGHAR (FR)                   5          Neven Botica                                                Andrew Balding

D35/140-1     DELEGATOR                                   5     Godolphin                                              Saeed bin Suroor

16024-33       DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE)  3          Eight Star Syndicate                                   Henry Candy

1115-              DREAM AHEAD (USA)                  3     Khalifa Dasmal                                      David Simcock

1233-51         ELZAAM (AUS)                    3          Hamdan Al Maktoum                                  Roger Varian

10342-10       GENKI (IRE)                         7          Gillian Khosla                                               Roger Charlton

2253-6036     GLOR NA MARA (IRE)                   3     Jackie Bolger                                         Jim Bolger IRE

3-36352         HINCHINBROOK (AUS)    4          Francois Naude                               Peter Moody AUS

2(1)-(5)(5)441            HITCHENS (IRE)                 6     Laurence O'Kane & Paul Murphy      David Barron

(3)12-61(1)    HOLIDAY FOR KITTEN (USA)    3     Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey                  Wesley Ward USA

361(1)1-01     HOORAY                               3          Cheveley Park Stud                                    Sir Mark Prescott Bt

1/0561-504    INLER (IRE)                          4          Margaret Findlay                              Brian Meehan

(1)-(5)2(5)34  INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE)     6          P Condron                                        Michael Halford IRE

0-66(3)10       JIMMY STYLES                  7          Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers               Clive Cox

22125-30       JONNY MUDBALL             5          Woodgate Family                             Tom Dascombe

640436-2       KINGSGATE NATIVE (IRE)          6     Cheveley Park Stud                             Sir Michael Stoute

(1)316//1-       LADDIES POKER TWO (IRE)      6     Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Jeremy Noseda

131-504         LADIES ARE FOREVER   3          Reg Bond                                          Geoff Oldroyd

356212-         LADY OF THE DESERT (USA)   4     Jaber Abdullah                                      Brian Meehan

0/(1)2(1)/(1)(1)-         LEAHURST (IRE)               5     Susan Roy                                             Jeremy Noseda

6033-012       LECHEVALIER CHOISI (IRE)      3     Wheery Syndicate                                James McCabe IRE

1165-243       LIBRANNO                           3          McDowell Racing                            Richard Hannon

020(1)14-2     MAC'S POWER (IRE)                     5     Michael McDonnell                              James Fanshawe

104230-         MAIN AIM                              6          Khalid Abdulla                                             Sir Michael Stoute

1143-330       MAQAASID                           3          Hamdan Al Maktoum                                  John Gosden

1334-0055     MAR ADENTRO (FR)                     5     B Cadet                                       Richard Chotard FR

5/11261-00    MARKAB                              8          Mosaic Racing                                             Henry Candy

5113(3)0/-4    MONSIEUR CHEVALIER (IRE)    4     Valerie Hubbard & Ian Higginson      Richard Hannon

(1)(1)-(2)(2)(0)3 MUSIR (AUS)                               5     Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Mike de Kock RSA

04100-43       ORACLE (IRE)                                 3     Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

532040-4       PALACE MOON                  6          Canisbay Bloodstock                                  William Knight

400-0600       PRIME DEFENDER                        7     S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumsion                      Barry Hills

00(0)0220      RAIN DELAYED (IRE)                    5     Andrew Tinkler                                      Michael Dods

03110-23       REDFORD (IRE)                  6          Dr Marwan Koukash                                   David Nicholls

01164-522     REGAL PARADE                7          Dab Hand Racing                            David Nicholls

112-(1)(1)11  ROCKET MAN (AUS)                     6     Alfredo Leonardo Arnaldo Crabbia    Patrick Shaw SIN

261520-06     ROSE BLOSSOM               4          Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Blossom) Richard Fahey

410/60-63      ROYAL ROCK                                 7     Aida Fustoq                                            Chris Wall

(0)-1124         SING SOFTLY (USA)                     3     Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

0/1220-02      SOCIETY ROCK (IRE)                   4     Simon Gibson                                        James Fanshawe

5651-031       SOLE POWER                                 4     Sabena Power                                       Edward Lynam IRE

3412-30         STAR WITNESS (AUS)                 4     Widden Stud Star Witness Syndicate           Danny O'Brien AUS

24420-10       STONE OF FOLCA             3          Folkestone Racecourse Owners Group  John Best

021110-         SWISS DIVA                         5          Lordship Stud                                               David Elsworth

44040-032     TIDDLIWINKS                                 5     Guy Reed                                               Kevin Ryan

50060-16       TOTAL GALLERY (IRE)    5          Qatar Bloodstock Ltd                                   Mikel Delzangles FR

040-012         WAR ARTIST (AUS)                       8     Rupert Plersch                                      Markus Klug GER

405/400/-       WINKER WATSON             6          Capital                                               Mick Channon

161113-2       ZOFFANY (IRE)                   3          Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

54 current entries (3 scratched since original entries - EAGLE FALLS (AUS), SHRAPNEL (AUS), SUNNY KING (IRE))

8 Irish-trained, 4 French-trained, 2 Australian-trained, 1 American-trained, 1 German-trained, 1 Singapore-trained, 1 South African-trained

 

 

 


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