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Saturday, July 27, 2002


DIAMOND DAY 2002
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
ASCOT, SATURDAY, JULY 27

FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES

GOLAN LANDS POIGNANT VICTORY


Five days after the death of his owner Lord Weinstock, Golan put in an outstanding effort to take the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on his seasonal debut under Kieren Fallon.


Trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who was winning the Group 1 event for the third time, said: "Like every win, this has been a great team effort, but this time especially so. We did our best but this horse helps you along the way.


"The original aim was the Eclipse and we'll have to stop and think about where we go now. He's competitive from a mile to a mile and a half and there's a lot to look forward to.


"I said before today that I thought this was a tough assignment. It's one thing to win first time out in the Guineas when the opposition had had only one run but this is a different proposition. We were happy with the horse, he'd done so well from three to four. He was very exuberant and I had to take him out of the box to saddle him today.


"Kieren was brilliant, it wasn't the plan to be so far back but he was very cool. He was a bit sluggish in the first furlong but Kieren was patient and took what was the right route.


"Lord Weinstock fell in love with the horse and things didn't go right after the 2000 Guineas. He would have loved today, he was so looking forward to running this horse as a four-year-old.


"This was what Lord Weinstock and his son Simon did it for - to win one of Europe's top middle-distance staying races. This is what the operation was all about. It's a sad moment. The family were adamant that we should run and it's just so sad that Lord Weinstock couldn't be here."

Peter Reynolds, Lord Weinstock's stud manager, said: "This was the most wonderful training performance. In a way it is a parallel of when Pilsudski won the Breeders' Cup in Canada and Simon had just died. Lord Weinstock didn't go racing then for a long time.

"I hope the operation keeps going but it's entirely up to the family. We have really seen the demise of the big owner-breeders - it's like the premier division with just four players these days."

Golan was purchased by Coolmore Stud on the eve of last year's Derby and Christy Grassick, the stud's general manager, said: "The plan is for him to retire to Coolmore next year, although I am sure the trainer will want to keep him going longer! The deal was that he will continue to run in Lord Weinstock's colours for his racing career."


DETTORI BLAMES GROUND


Frankie Dettori, who finished fifth on Grandera in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, blamed the watered ground for his defeat.


"We've ended up running the wrong horse," said Dettori. "If we'd known it was going to be like this we should have run Sakhee. They were just strung out like jumpers today. He slipped, stumbled and just didn't like this ground.

"I know you can't please everybody, but the ground was good, not firm like yesterday and it just comes down to them over watering the ground."


FALLON DELIGHTED


Golan's rider Kieren Fallon said: "I was lucky to have the horse, they went a good gallop and he made my job easy. He really wanted to win and kept sticking his head out. The horse was beside him (Nayef) but mine really wanted to win his race.


"I got the splits and everything went right. I was told not to go round the outside and stick to the shortest route. I think there is a little bit of improvement in him, this was his first run of the year.


"This is by no means the first time that Sir Michael has done this sort of thing and I think this win speaks for itself. It's a gift he has.


"Lord Weinstock was a lovely man and everybody enjoyed his company. You wonder if he was looking down, because the horse had never stuck his head out like he did today."


WATERING MADE THE DIFFERENCE


Kieren Fallon, partnering his first King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner, said: "I think it was a great training feat. Golan had been training very well and the only worry really was the ground. I knew the horse was there mentally and physically.


"The five mills (millimetres of watering overnight) made the difference. The watering helped him. All they were doing was for the safety of the horses. If he was to have run on yesterday's ground, he could have come back sore or hurt. All the clerk of the course can do is what he thinks is right. There was no rain forecast and it was firm.


"The racecourse gallop (at Newmarket early this month) was really to get him out, a mental thing really rather than anything else. He had been doing plenty at home and we knew he was fit enough.


"I was under orders to go on the inside. It went through my mind coming into the straight, but the boss said you don't win races by going around horses. It was far better to stick by what he said.


"The splits came, I got lucky really. The horse is tough and he wanted to win this race. I don't know why because usually when he gets to the front he pricks his ears and thinks he has done enough. His head was down and he really wanted it."


RIGHT TO KEEP IN TRAINING


Winning jockey Kieren Fallon added: "There is a lot of work which goes into it, not from my side, from the staff and everybody involved in the yard and to get a result like this is terrific for everybody.


"You always look for excuses when you get beaten like that (referring to Grandera's jockey Frankie Dettori blaming the watering).

"I had a lovely run around there on Golan. The horse travelled well and made it easy. I didn't think they would go as quick as they did. I got carried back when Boreal dropped away.


"He can get lazy in his races but when I got hold of him he was fine. He got a bit of a bump on the turn which made him get hold of his bridle. The gap was there but I was just hoping I would get to it before it closed.


"It was a lucky break. If the gap had closed, it could have cost me the race.


"We always thought that 2002 was going to be his year. They were thinking of retiring him last year and I thought it would be a disaster; a lovely horse like this who hadn't really proven himself properly. It has paid off that they didn't (retire him)."


CROWD



Today's crowd was 34,840.



NAYEF "BACK TO HIS BEST"


"That was a big effort and I am very proud of him," said Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold after Nayef had been just pipped in a brilliant finish to the King George.


"It was really good to see him back to his best like that, all the more so after he was so disappointing in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting. Nothing ever came out to explain why he ran so badly that day, but maybe the soft ground he encountered when he ran in Ireland --you could not say that he had a hard race then - left a mark on him for a bit."

Nayef's trainer Marcus Tregoning endorsed Gold's enthusiasm. "That was a fantastic effort," he said. "He is a very, very good horse and it was a wonderful race; it was wonderful to see him back to his best form.


"I don't know why he was disappointing in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but it took him a long time to acclimatise when he went out to Dubai in the winter and maybe the journey back had some sort of effect on him like that.


"But now we can look forward to the rest of the season and I would love to run him in the Breeders' Cup in Chicago. I think the track there would suit him well, and the only worry I would have about taking him there would be the long journey - it is a 30 hour trip door to door.


"If he went there I don't know at the moment whether he would run in the Turf or the Classic, but he handled the dirt very well when he trained in Dubai in the winter, so maybe we would go for that."

Mark Johnston was very pleased with the display by third-placed Zindabad, though he admitted at the same time to a degree of disappointment.


"It says something for the way in which this horse has progressed that we are standing here with him after he has been third in the King George and we are a bit disappointed," he said. "If someone had said six months ago that he would have been third in this race we would have been delighted.


"The ground was a a bit loose in places which did not help him, but that is not an excuse. He was in the right place at the right time and he has run a great race.


"The idea now is to have another go at the Canadian International at Woodbine. He can probably earn as much money when he is racing as he can at stud, and if no-one comes up with the money for him to go to stud, he could well be back here again this time next year. Although he is now a six-year-old full horse, he has never shown any signs of any nasty temperament, and he is a very easy horse to deal with.


"I had been thinking about the Breeders' Cup and the Japan Cup after Toronto - he would certainly get his (firm) ground in Japan, but Joe Mercer (racing manager to Zindabad's owner), pointed that he rather bottomed out after he ran in Canada last season, so the Woodbine race would probably be his last of the year."


THE 2002 KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES WINNER

GOLAN (IRE)


4 b c Spectrum (IRE) - Highland Gift (IRE) (Generous (IRE))
Form: 1/123146-1Owner: Executors of the late Lord Weinstock
Trainer: Sir Michael StouteBreeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm LtdJockey: Kieren Fallon

Golan
Home-bred by Lord Weinstock, the February 24, 1998, foal is from the first crop of Spectrum, winner of the Dubai Champion Stakes and Irish 2,000 Guineas for Weinstock, and is also the first foal of the owner's Newbury maiden winner Highland Gift, a daughter of the 1991 Derby hero Generous. Golan made his first racecourse appearance in a Chepstow maiden on September 7, 2000, justifying 5/4 favouritism to score by an easy length and three quarters. The form was boosted by the runner-up Clearing, who went on to win the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes and the Listed Victor Chandler European Free Handicap at Newmarket. It was his home reputation as much as racecourse achievements which accounted for Golan's prominence in ante-post betting for the 2001 Sagitta 2000 Guineas, but the glowing gallop reports proved spot-on as Kieren Fallon steered the colt from an apparently unfavourable outside draw to take the first classic of 2001 at Newmarket by a length and a quarter from Tamburlaine. After that performance Golan went to the head of the ante-post market for the 2001 Vodafone Derby and on the eve of the Epsom classic an interest in him was sold to the Coolmore operation for a reported $15 million, with a further $5 million if he won the race. On Derby Day, Golan started 11/4 joint favourite with Galileo and was defeated by three-and-half lengths, seeming not completely at ease with the track at Epsom. A rematch with Galileo at the Curragh saw Golan finish further behind Aidan O'Brien's star, as he ran in snatches and finished third. Golan was then given a break until the autumn and returned to action by defeating French Derby winner Anabaa Blue by three-quarters of a length in the Prix Niel at Longchamp. On his final two starts last season Golan ran respectably, finishing fourth to Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and sixth to Jungle Pocket in the Japan Cup. He has yet to race this season but reportedly pleased Stoute in a gallop with stable companion Cover Up after racing at Newmarket on July 11.
Race Record: Starts: 8; 1st: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1 Win prize money: £1,116,000

Executors of the late Lord Weinstock
The youngest of six children of Polish-Jewish parents who came to London in 1904, Arnold Weinstock was born on July 29, 1924, orphaned at the age of ten and died on Tuesday, July 23. He gained a degree in statistics at the London School of Economics and became one of the great post-war captains of industry, serving as managing director of the General Electric Company from 1963 to 1996, at one stage employing a workforce of 230,000. Weinstock was knighted by Harold Wilson in 1970 for services to exports and created a life peer ten years later by Margaret Thatcher. His wife Netta is the daughter of the late Sir Michael Sobell, with whom Weinstock owned horses after 1957. Troy carried Sobell's colours to victory in the 200th Derby in 1979. Sobell and Weinstock bought Dorothy Paget's bloodstock interests in 1960 including the 300-acre Ballymacoll Stud in Co Meath, Ireland. For 30 years, most major races were won by a horse carrying the Weinstock/Sobell pale blue, yellow and white colours, and the most recent star was Pilsudski, winner of the Japan Cup, Irish Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes. Pilsudski was owned in partnership with Lord Weinstock's son Simon, who died at the age of 44 in May, 1996. Last season Weinstock enjoyed considerable succcess with Golan, winner of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and Prix Niel as well as runner-up to Galileo in the Vodafone Derby. His horses were trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Marcus Tregoning, John Hammond, John Oxx, David Smaga and Nicky Henderson.
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Wins: 1979 TROY (jointly with Sir Michael Sobell), 1980 ELA-MANA MOU (jointly with Simon Weinstock) 2002 GOLAN

Sir Michael Stoute
Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, where his father was chief of police, Michael Stoute came to Britain in 1965 to nurture his love of racing. He joined Pat Rohan at Malton before moving to Newmarket three years later to work for Doug Smith and then Tom Jones. Stoute took out a public licence to train in 1972, recording his first success that year when Sandal won at Newmarket on April 28. Since then he has been at the top of his profession and has been champion trainer six times - in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997 and 2000, when his stars included Sagitta 2000 Guineas King's Best hero and Kalanisi, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf and Dubai Champion Stakes. A memorable 1997 was headed by the two older horses Singspiel and Pilsudski. Four Group 1 successes went Pilsudski's way - the Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Dubai Champion Stakes and Japan Cup, while Singspiel won the Dubai World Cup, Vodafone Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Vodafone Derby twice - with Shergar in 1981 and Shahrastani five years later. His long list of big-race successes also includes the Sagitta 2000 Guineas (five times), Sagitta 1000 Guineas, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (twice), Vodafone Oaks (twice), Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (five times), Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas (three times) as well as many other races across the globe. Stoute, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to sport and tourism in Barbados, has 181 horses in training this year at his Freemason Lodge yard in Newmarket. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record Since 1980): 1981-1 SHERGAR, 1986-2 Shardari, 1986-4 Shahrastani, 1986-5 Dihistan, 1987-8 Unite, 1988-6 Doyoun, 1991-3 Rock Hopper, 1991-6 Saddlers' Hall, 1992-2 Saddlers' Hall, 1992-3 Opera House, 1992-5 Rock Hopper, 1993-1 OPERA HOUSE, 1994-6 Foyer, 1994-UR Ezzoud, 1997-2 Pilsudski, 1997-4 Singspiel, 2000-3 Daliapour, 2000-4 Beat All, 2002-1 GOLAN

Kieren Fallon
Born on February 22, 1965, in County Clare, Ireland, Kieren Fallon joined Kevin Prendergast's yard as an apprentice in 1983. Piccadilly Lord at Navan on June 18, 1984, was the first winner. Moved from Ireland to ride for Jimmy FitzGerald's Malton stable from 1989 until 1991 and then spent three years with Lynda Ramsden's yard from 1993 until the end of 1996. At the start of the 1997 Flat season, Fallon was a surprise appointment as stable jockey to the Henry Cecil yard and promptly won the Sagitta 1000 Guineas on Sleepytime and Vodafone Oaks on Reams Of Verse. He ceased riding for Cecil in August, 1999, and was first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 and 2001, and is now a freelance, although still rides many of the Stoute team, but not those owned by Maktoum Al Maktoum and associates such as Saeed Suhail after he was judged to have given one of their runners an indifferent ride at Goodwood in May. The Stoute/Fallon team won the Sagitta 2000 Guineas with the Suhail-owned King's Best in 2000 and Golan last year. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204), 1999 (202) and again last season with 166 successes. His championship ambitions ended at Royal Ascot in 2000 when he suffered a horrific fall requiring shoulder surgery that meant his season was over. He won three of the five classics in 1999 - the Sagitta 1000 Guineas on Wince, the Vodafone Oaks on Ramruma and the Vodafone Derby on Oath, his first success in the premier classic.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record: 1998 Royal Anthem (3rd), 1999 Oath (7th), 2001 Millenary (5th), 2002 GOLAN(1st)


FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.50pm KING GEORGE VI & QUEEN ELIZABETH
DIAMOND STAKES


Class A, Group One, £750,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 6lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb (southern hemisphere allowance 4yo 5lb). Penalty Values: 1st: £435,000; 2nd: £165,000; 3rd: £82,500; 4th: £37,500; 5th: £18,750; 6th: £11,250

1) GOLAN (Exors of the late Lord Weinstock) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-07 Kieren Fallon [8] 11/2
2) NAYEF (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 4-9-07 Richard Hills [2] 7/1
3) ZINDABAD (Abdulla Buhaleeba) Mark Johnston 6-9-07 Kevin Darley [1] 11/2
4) AQUARELLISTE (Ecurie Wildenstein) Elie Lellouche FR 4-9-04 Dominique Boeuf [10]
5) GRANDERA (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-07 Frankie Dettori [4] 13/8F
6) STORMING HOME (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 4-9-07 Michael Hills [7]
7) BOREAL (Gestut Ammerland) Peter Schiergen GER 4-9-07 Olivier Peslier [11]
8) SIR EFFENDI (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 6-9-07 Martin Dwyer [12]
9) NARRATIVE (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor t1 4-9-07 Jamie Spencer [6]

9 ran Non-Runners: Millenary (Ground), Sakhee (Ground), High Pitched (Ground)
Distances: hd, 3 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 1 3/4, 14, dist, 5 Time: 2m 29.70s
Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd
Breeding: b c Spectrum (IRE) - Highland Gift (IRE) (Generous (IRE))
Totes: Win: £5.80 Places: £2.30; £2.80; £1.30 Exacta: £40.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (10) Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Sharatani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Italian Oaks (1988 Melodist, 1986 Ivor’s Image), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Celebration Mile (2000 Medicean), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan) Wins in a season (1984-2001):96:120:76:105:99:116:78:83:74:65:109:73:73:84:79:81:91:75 Horses in training (1985-2002):145:142:142:170:186:191:n\a:171:147:157 :159:159:162:162:173:190:185:181 Wins this season: 55 Royal Ascot Wins: 43 Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), King’s Stand Stakes (1981 Marwell), Ribblesdale Stakes (1985 Sally Brown, 1990 Hellenic), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 5 times (1981,1986,1989,1994,1997) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2001): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (7) Sagitta 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath) Other major wins include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal); Cherry Hinton Stakes (1996 Dazzle), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Ribblesdale Stakes (1997 Yashmak), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma), Gimcrack Stakes (1994 Chilly Billy, 1998 Josr Algharoud); Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Craigsteel); Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma); Budweiser International Stakes (1999 Great Dane); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Jockey Club Stakes (2000 Blueprint), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Dante Stakes (2001 Dilshaan), Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes (2002 King Of Happiness) Wins This Season: 93 Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham)



A LOOK AHEAD TO TOMORROW

There promises to be a highly competitive race for the £80,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint Handicap (3.10), the feature event of the third and final day of Ascot’s second July meeting. A field of 23 has been declared, headed by the splendid veteran Tedburrow, who recently became the oldest horse to win a Group race on the flat in Britain at the age of ten.


Other major contenders could be Boleyn Castle and the recent Gosforth Park Cup winner Proud Boast, who was providing a best training success so far for Geraldine Rees when he won that Newcastle sprint last month.


As seems almost inevitably in races like this, Dandy Nicholls is bidding for the prize. He has two runners in Awake and Atlantic Viking, while Milton Bradley, another trainer always to be feared in handicap sprints, has three contenders in Bali Royal, Salviati and Corridor Creeper.


The day begins with the ten-furlong Sino Group Trophy (2.10) in which Epicentre bids to go one better than the runner-up spot which he filled when he ran here at the last meeting.


Some very promising youngsters meet in the Hong Kong International Sale Auction Stakes. These include Puma, unbeaten in two attempts at Windsor and Sandown for Richard Hannon, and Dancinginthestreet, who has been successful at at Doncaster and Warwick.


Gary Moore’s son Ryan, who is apprenticed to Richard Hannon, has been making quite a name for himself in recent weeks and has a chance to do that on the big stage when he partners Playback in the mile and half Sha Tin Handicap (4.20). Playback did not get the best of runs when second at Windsor last time and will be hoping for better luck this time.


There is an interesting and unusual jockey booking in this race with Mick Kinane riding Statim for Luca Cumani, and he also rides newcomer Epitome for the Bedford Lodge trainer in the Year of the Horse Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (3.45), in which Anoof will be trying to maintain the excellent form of Marcus Tregoning’s horses.


The last race of the day is the mile Hong Kong International Day Handicap (4.55), in which Morro Castle will again be ridden by Hiroki Goto, who was third in the jockeys’ championship in his native Japan this season when he left to ride in Europe . Goto is no stranger to Ascot’s straight mile as he rode Morro Castle into fourth place in the Royal Hunt Cup at the Royal meeting last month.

NON RUNNERS

High Pitched, Millenary and Sakhee Miss Big Race


There are five non runners today:


2.35pm PRINCESS MARGARET STAKES (GROUP 3)
No. 2 Cassis (Vet’s Certificate)


3.50pm KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES (GROUP 1)

No. 4 High Pitched (Ground)

No. 5 Millenary (Ground)

No. 8 Sakhee (Ground)


5pm EBF CROCKER BULTEEL MAIDEN STAKES

No. 4 Spider McCoy (Ground)

WINNING QUOTES RACE ONE
BRILLIANT CUT DIAMOND STAKES

WINNER SO BRAVE

“He was really brave and Pat (Eddery) was brilliant on him, he is still as good as any jockey riding today,” enthused Jeremy Noseda after Prize Winner had made all the running to take the opening mile and a quarter handicap, the Briliiant Cut Diamond Stakes, by a neck from last year’s winner Nadour Al Bahr.


“When he was third in this race last year he did not get the best of runs, but he was very highly rated by the handicapper then,” the trainer went on.

“He was put in on 108 after he had won his maiden and then it took him a long time to be put down to 97, off which he won his race before this. He was 3lb higher than that here, and I was worried when the runner-up came to take him on two furlongs out, but then I thought that maybe the other horse was not finding as much as he looked like doing, and my fellow has really run deep.


“Pat has now ridden him to both his two wins this year and no-one could have done better on him than he did. I thought when I saw the runners yesterday that there might well be no pace on, so I said to Pat that we might as well go out and make it.


“Sir Gordon (Brunton, the winner’s owner-breeder) has been very patient with him and I am delighted that his patience has been rewarded.”

Speaking of Cassis, who will not run in today’s Princess Margaret Stakes, Noseda said “I felt last night that she just was not quite right and I decided against running her. It’s nothing much but when we took her out last night for a pick of grass she was not quite as I would like her to be so we decided against running her today.


“I am now looking for another, maybe little race, for her to run in before she goes either for the Lowther or the Moyglare Stud Stakes, though I have not decided which of those two will be her target.”

FIRST RACE PLACED QUOTES
THE BRILLIANT CUT DIAMOND RATED

LACK OF PACE IS NADOUR’S NADIR

Trainer Terry Mills felt that the lack of early pace in the opening Brilliant Cut Diamond Stakes ruined the chance of last year’s winner Nadour Al Bahr, who finished a neck second to Prize Winner.


“It’s very frustrating,” said Mills. “He has run a good race yet again but wherever we go we just can’t seem to get any pace. Every horse needed to be held up today.”

Today was the fifth successive time that Nadour Al Bahr has finished second and Mills admitted: “He just doesn’t seem to want to get his head in front and I think we’re going to have to drop him back in trip when there should be a faster pace, but that’s not something I really want to do.”

Pat Eddery, who was successful on Prize Winner, said the ground was a little bit easier than yesterday, Willie Supple described it as quick while Wendyll Woods called it very lively and on the firm side. Richard Quinn said the ground was loose.













SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
THE PRINCESS MARGARET STAKES (GROUP 3)

RHYTHM FAVOURITE FOR GUINEAS

Russian Rhythm was quoted as 14/1 favourite with theTote for next year’s Sagitta 1000 Guineas after impressively landing the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes under Kieren Fallon.


The Kingmambo filly, who was bred in America by Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stable and was bought for 440,000gns at last year’s Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale, had won a Newmarket maiden on her debut last month for owners Cheveley Park Stud.


“She’s a big, well-developed filly,” said winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute. “She always looked very nice and has always looked the part. From early on at home we always felt she was decent.”

Asked about her odds for next year’s classic, Stoute said: “It’s a long way away but we do like her a lot.”

Stoute saddles Golan in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and added: “We took him to Japan in late November and never planned an early campaign. We have been taking our time and the Eclipse was our first aim but he just had a setback beforehand.”

Golan’s owner Lord Weinstock died on Tuesday and Stoute added: “He liked any classic winner, he much preferred the decent horses and who can blame him. I shall personally miss him enormously and so will British racing and breeding.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE TWO
PRINCESS MARGARET STAKES

THE GIRL WANTS FURTHER

“I was delighted with that, she was beaten by a filly who is favourite for the 1,000 Guineas and she has run really well,” said Roger Charlton after Luvah Girl had gone down by a length and a half to Russian Rhythm, with the others five lengths and more behind.


“I am sure she has improved since she was just beaten here at the Royal meeting and Kevin Darley was very bullish that there is still more to come from her,” Charlton went on.


“The ground was on the fast side for her. I am not making that an excuse for her being beaten as I am sure the winner would have won whatever the ground, but I am sure that she will be better on easier ground and over a longer trip.


“She is not just a six furlongs filly, I am sure she will get a mile and I will put her in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile here in September. If we decided to run her in the Lowther there is every chance that the ground might be too firm for her and running her then would not be a good idea.


“She was passed easily enough by the winner, but she was running on again at the end and I am certain she will do better over a longer trip. The plan is that in due course she will go to race in America, at the end of her season here, and there is one race, the Miesque Stakes over a mile on grass at Hollywood Park at the end of November, that she could run in.


“The first two look good fillies. The third filly looked smart when she won her maiden race here, and the first and second were a long way in front of her.”




WINNING QUOTES RACE THREE
TOTE INTERNATIONAL HANDICAP

THE FRENCH CASTLE STORMS HOME

Crystal Castle, trained in France by the Englishman John Hammond and owned by a partnership of three men from England, galloped all the way to the line to take the Tote International Handicap and allay any doubts in his trainer’s mind about him getting the trip. “I had had my doubts before the race as to whether he would stay the seven furlongs, but clearly I was wrong,” said Hammond after John Egan had brought the four-year-old home half a length of Ghannam.


“He was a Group winner as a two-year-old, but he chipped a bone in a knee at the end of that season and missed most of his three-year-old campaign,” Hammond went on. “I hope that he will now be able to show once again that he is a Group horse, and I hope that he will be able to be as good over seven furlongs, as he was here, as he has been over six. He is built like a sprinter, he has a sprinter’s backside, but unfortunately he is not in the (Vodafone) Stewards’ Cup as his trainer missed the entry.


“He belongs to three Englishmen, who had three between them and owned one-third each of each horse. The other two were duds, basically, but this fellow has certainly done the job for us. I suppose he will go up in the handicap after this, but as I said, I hope he will be able to hold his own in Group company.”

Crystal Castle was drawn in mid field at number 13, but his jockey John Egan had no doubt about coming over to race in the stands side group. “When I saw the draw yesterday I was sure that the correct thing to do would be to go to the left,” he said. “I discussed it with my agent coming down here today and we had mixed views, but I was sure by the time I got to Ascot that I was going to go to the left. I discussed it with Mr Hammond and we agreed that is what I would do. Quite honestly I was amazed when I saw so many of them go over to the far side as the stalls opened, and by halfway it was clear that the stands side runners were a long way in front. This was my biggest win in England.”
THIRD RACE QUOTES
THE TOTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES (SHOWCASE HANDICAP)

SECOND AGAIN FOR GHANNAM

The Marcus Tregoning-trained Ghannam finished runner-up for the third successive time this season when going down by half a length to French raider Crystal Castle.


“Second again, I’m afraid it’s pretty gutting” lamented Tregoning. “But at least he’s always in the money and I’m not going to complain too much as he’s been beaten half a length by a good horse - he’s a Group winner. This was always going to be a tough race to win.”

Ghannam has 8st 9lb in Friday’s William Hill Mile at Goodwood and Tregoning said: “We’ll have to see about that. It is very hot today and that can take a lot out of horses.”

WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
BLUE HEART DIAMOND LADIES HANDICAP

THE TELEPHONE CALL WORKED

“She has never ridden for me before, but when she rang up for the ride I adopted the system that the first person to call could have it,” said Peter Cundell after Serena Brotherton on Taranaki had just got the better of Labrett in the ladies’ race.


“The only thing I needed to know was that she was not too small. I did not want a very light jockey who would have to have a lot of lead in the saddle; if Sarah Bosley, for example, had ridden him she would have had about two stones of lead,” the trainer went on.


“He is very tough and game but he is only small, which was why I did not want all the lead, and he is now back down to his right mark in the handicap. He went up 8lb after he won at Kempton earlier this year and it has taken me all this time to get him back to where he should be.


“That is my ninth winner this season and I have had only seven horses to run. I have four two-year-olds who have yet to race and now that I am no longer at all involved with the NTF I want to be back as a full time trainer. I would like to have between 15 and 20 horses.”

This was the second time that Serena Brotherton had ridden in the race.
“I rode my father (David)’s Surprised in the race last year but the distance was too far for him and it is fantastic to ride in a race like this on a Group 1 track on a horse with a chance,” she said.


“I ride out regularly for Mick Easterby and Nigel Tinkler, and when neither of them was going to have a runner in the race it was just a question of getting on to the telephone. That is my seventh winner on the flat.”
PLACED QUOTES RACE SIX
EBF CROCKER BULTEEL MAIDEN STAKES

WINNING START BY SALCOMBE

Salcombe made a winning start to his racing career when outpacing Jay Gee’s Choice in the two-year-old maiden and Barry Hills may now aim him at the Acomb Stakes at York next month.


“Although the horses have not really been pleasing me for much of the year -- they haven’t been wrong but they just have not been finishning -- they are in much better form now and I am only six behind the number of winners I had had at this stage last season,” he said.


Hills added his voice to those who complained about the watering. “I think that once the meeting has started there should be no more watering,” he said. “ You should leave it to nature. You should not interfere with nature -- after all if it were not for the birds and the bees none of us would be here.”

NO WATERING TONIGHT

Clerk of the course Nick Cheyne has decided against watering the track again after racing today.


“Having watered after racing yesterday, the course has not dried out as much as we thought it would and I have decided against watering to maintain consistency of ground.


“We did not get the blazing early morning heat we were promised, there was a lot of cloud cover until around lunchtime and the ground is riding better than it was yesterday,” he said.

SEVENTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
THE OAKS DIAMOND RATED STAKES

WILL WORTH WAITING FOR

Wait For The Will repeated his 2000 win in the Oaks Diamond Rated Stakes when he got up to score by a length under 5lb-claimer Ryan Moore.


The winner, who was successful for the fourth time this season, is trained by Moore’s father Gary, who said: “He was a beaten here a couple of weeks ago and we were probably lucky that this was quite a weakish race for the money. Ryan is in great form and so is the horse.


“As long as he eats up and everything, he will definitely go to Goodwood. He is in on Tuesday but will probably go for a Listed handicap on Friday, which would suit me better.”

Wait For The Will was bred by Paul Mellon and bought by Moore for 40,000gns at the late owner’s dispersal at Ascot Sales in 1999.


Runner-up Alberich is likely to run in the 2m 5f Goodwood Stakes, which opens the card at the Glorious meeting on Wednesday.

“I don’t think he’ll run (at Newmarket) tomorrow,” said Alberich’s trainer Tony Newcombe.

“But I think he’ll stay that long distance at Goodwood. There are only 14 entries for the race and I think he could go well. He hasn’t been a bad buy for £7,000 out of a seller at Wolverhampton.”

GOING NEWS AT 10 AM

Following another dry night the going for Diamond Day remains


GOOD TO FIRM.



“We put on five millimetres of water all round the track after racing yesterday and shall do the same again tonight,” said clerk of the course Nick Cheyne.


“The forecast is for a hot and dry day with no sign of any rain.”

All the rails on the course are in the same position as they were yesterday.







NON-RUNNERS

Because of the continuing good to firm ground Godolphin have decided that Sakhee will not run in the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (3.50).


It has also been reported that Millenary will miss the big race for the same reason, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.


BETTING NEWS

The big betting race of the day is proving to be the Tote International Handicap (3.10) and there has been strong support for several of the 28 runners. Demonstrate in particular has proved popular with Paddy Powers and William Hill, with the former having brought him in from 8-1 to 13-2, and Hills have trimmed him to half a point shorter from the same opening odds.


In the same race both firms have done business over Pentecost, who is at 14-1 from 25-1 in both lists, and Powers have seen good support for By Far, who has come in from 22-1 to 16-1. By Far has also been in demand with the Tote, who have brought him in from 25-1 to 16-1, and they have alo laid Tillerman, in from 10-1 to 8-1, and Ghannam, who has been trimmed by a point to 11-2.


Those who remember Summoner winning the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes here in September when he was widely regarded as being in the pace as pacemaker for Noverre may be taking the view that the same could happen with Narrative in the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (3.50). He is Godolphin’s presumed second string behind hot favourite Grandera, but there has been keen interest in him at long prices, with Powers having brought him in from 40-1 to 33-1, Hills from the same price to 25-1 and Ladbrokes in to 50-1 from 66-1.


The morning withdrawals have produced a new market with Grandera now 5-4 chance with Powers and even shorter, at 11-10, with Ladbrokes. Powers report interest in the French-trained filly Aquarelliste, who is a 9-1 shot (from a point longer) in their re-formed list. Golan is their second favourite at 11-2 with Zindabad half a point longer. Aquarelliste has also been popular with the Tote, another firm with Grandera an 11-10 shot, and they have cut her from 11-1 to 8-1.


Powers have Russian Rhythm as their 20-1 favourite for next year’s 1,000 Guineas and she is now at 10-11 from 11-10 for the Princess Margaret Stakes (2.35), but not everyone thinks she will win and Ladbrokes have seen good support for Nasij, who has come in from 5-1 to 4-1.


In the opening Brilliant Cut Diamond Stakes (2.0) Hasty Prince has come in from 100-30 to 3-1 with Powers, who also report support for Barrantes, who has been cut from 12-1 to 9-1 for the Blue Heart Diamond Ladies Handicap (4.25).


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