Tuesday, July 1, 2003
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CHOISIR HEADS JULY CUP BETTING AFTER RUN IS CONFIRMED
Australian star Choisir is the 2-1 favourite with Coral for next week's Darley July Cup following the news that the dual-Royal Ascot winner would take part in the race. Airwave is 7-2 second favourite, with recent Newmarket winner Trade Fair 4-1 with Coral.
In the Coral-Eclipse, Nayef remains 9-4 market leader with the sponsor, ahead of Islington at 9-2 and Norse Dancer and Falbrav at 7-1.
9-4 Nayef, 9-2 Islington, 7-1 Norse Dancer, Falbrav, 8-1 Grandera, 9-1 Bright Sky, 11-1 Hold That Tiger, 14-1 Balestrini, 16-1 Olden Times, Indian Creek, 20-1 Victory Moon, Sights On Gold, Ikhtyar, 22-1 Bandari, 25-1 Dutch Gold, Delsarte, Dandoun, 33-1 Alberto Giacometti, Carnival Dancer, Comfy, Princely Venture, 40-1 Chancellor, 50-1 Izdiham, 66-1 Ekraar, 100-1 Kaieteur, Narrative, 200-1 Titurel
2-1 Choisir, 7-2 Airwave, 4-1 Trade Fair, 6-1 Oasis Dream, 12-1 Acclamation, 16-1 Malhub, Continent, Membership, 20-1 Captain Rio, Just James, Orientor, Polar Way, 25-1 Bar
**King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
4-1 Nayef, Sulamani, 9-2 Kris Kin, Alamshar, 6-1 Ange Gabriel, 9-1 Islington, 12-1 Norse Dancer, 16-1 Indian Creek, Bollin Eric, Yesterday, Falbrav, 20-1 Leadership, Warrsan, The Great Gatsby, Chevalier, 25-1 Bar
CHOISIR TO RUN IN THE DARLEY JULY CUP
Star Australian sprinter Choisir, trained by Paul Perry, was today given the go-ahead to run in the Group One Darley July Cup on Thursday, July 10, at Newmarket.
Trainer's son Shannon Perry, who has been supervising the colt's training at Geoff Wragg's Newmarket, England, stable, reported that Choisir had come on for his historic Royal Ascot double in the Group Two King's Stand Stakes and Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes last month.
"He runs next week and is a bit tighter and more race fit as the Darley July Cup will be his third run back," said Perry junior.
"Johnny Murtagh will ride him again and I'm hoping to win. I don't know what else he needs to do now to prove his (European champion sprinter's) title, the others are going to run out of races to catch him soon."
Airwave, who came second in the Golden Jubilee Stakes when in season, is due to bid to turn the tables on Choisir in the 250,000 Darley July Cup, Europe's premier sprint, which is run over six furlongs.
There has been much speculation about whether Choisir will be sold but the trainer's son is not aware that any deal has been done.
"I've just been told we're running and to get the horse there the best we can," he added. "The offers that they've got, if they've had any, would have come to Australia and I'm in Newmarket so I wouldn't know about them."
The present owners have indicated that Choisir is set to run in their colours at Newmarket.
The Darley July Cup is the highlight of next week's three-day July Meeting at Newmarket, from Tuesday to Thursday, July 8 to 10, which this year boasts prize money of 1 million for the first time.
Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's Managing Director, commented: "We are delighted that Choisir runs in the Darley July Cup and the re-match between him and Airwave will capture the imagination of the racing world."
FACTFILES OF FOUR LEADING CORAL-ECLIPSE CONTENDERS
GRANDERA (IRE) FACTFILE
5 ch h Grand Lodge (USA) - Bordighera (USA) (Alysheba (USA) )
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
Breeder: J Stan Cosgrove
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Grandera was bred in Ireland by Moyglare Stud manager Stan Cosgrove and bought as a yearling at Goffs by agent Amanda Skiffington for IR 30,000, on behalf of the Pennsylvania-based Lael Stable, who sent the colt to James Fanshawe. As a juvenile, he won a seven-furlong maiden at Warwick on his second start, then went down by a neck to King Charlemagne in the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket before finishing seventh to Dilshaan in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. He ran consistently well in 2001 - albeit with only one victory - and started the year by chasing home Dr Greenfield in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester before going on to take third place behind Anabaa Blue in the Group One French Derby. On both his next two starts in Group One company, he finished runner-up - to Medicean in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and behind Sakhee in the Juddmonte International. It was on his final start of 2001 that Grandera managed to score, defeating Mubtaker in the Listed Dubai Arc Trial at Newbury. He was then sold to Godolphin and started off last season by chasing home stablemate Narrative at Nad Al Sheba in February before finishing fifth in the Grade One Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin. He left that performance behind when landing the Group One Singapore Cup at Kranji in May and by taking the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes in great style by five lengths at Royal Ascot. He was then only fifth to Golan in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes before bouncing back in some style with a short-head defeat of Hawk Wing in an epic renewal of the Ireland the Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. He the travelled to Australia, when a highly creditable third to Northerly in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and was then seventh, albeit beaten just over two lengths, to Precision in the Group One Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin in December, ending the year as World Series Racing Champion. This season began with a success over ten furlongs at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai on March 8 although he finished only fourth to stablemate Moon Ballad in the Dubai World Cup on his next outing. Last time out he was a well-beaten seventh behind Nayef in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Race Record: Starts: 20; 1st: 6; 2nd: 5; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,892,668
If Grandera lands the 2003 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, he will earn a special place in the affections of his owner, the Godolphin stable, for whom he would be a 100th international Group or Grade 1 winner. Godolphin is the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai and friends, and its aim is to prepare horses in Dubai during the winter to gain the advantage when challenging for major races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992, with horses enjoying the benefits of the warm climate before arriving in Britain for the 1993 season. The Godolphin operation was properly established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Vodafone Oaks and Irish Derby. The following year Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. When flown over from Dubai, the horses are stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, and, in 1999 and 2000, Godolphin's two-year-olds were housed at the former Evry racecourse in France under the care of David Loder, who in 2001 relocated to Godolphin Stables in Newmarket, although this year will be his last as Godolphin's juvenile handler. In 2000, Godolphin set up an additional training base at Santa Anita racecourse in the United States, where Eoin Harty supervises a select band of American-bred two-year-olds. Godolphin's colours have been carried to victory in every British classic bar the Vodafone Derby, although Saeed bin Suroor did train Lammtarra to win the premier classic for Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum in 1995. The British Godolphin classic successes so far have been Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia) and St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Daylami led an historic 1-2-3 in the 1998 Coral-Eclipse, the first time that the same owner and trainer has had the first three in a British Group 1, and the Godolphin ambitions, other than landing the Vodafone Derby, include taking the American Triple Crown series, winning the Japan Cup, Melbourne Cup and capturing the World Series Racing Championship which was achieved in 1999, the inaugural year, by Daylami, in 2000 and 2001 by Fantastic Light and last year by Grandera. Godolphin's tally of 99 Group/Grade 1 wins includes the Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Breeders' Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (2001 Tempera), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami), Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish St Leger (1998, 1999 Kayf Tara) and three successes in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes. Godolphin has been leading British owner in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Coral-Eclipse Wins: 1998 DAYLAMI; 1996 HALLING; 1995 HALLING.
Saeed bin Suroor
Godolphin's principal trainer, former policeman Saeed bin Suroor, was born in Dubai on October 10, 1967. He has been champion British trainer three times - in 1996, 1998 and 1999 - but a low-key season for Godolphin in 2000 saw him finish only seventh in the table, recovering to third in 2001 and fifth last season. Coupled with his phenomenal achievements with Godolphin, bin Suroor trained the unbeaten Lammtarra for Sheikh Mohammed's nephew, Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, to win the 1995 Vodafone Derby, Ascot's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Prix de l Arc de Triomphe. That the horse raced only four times in his career and yet was trained by bin Suroor to succeed in those three pre-eminent Group One events is an achievement which cannot be overstated. Bin Suroor is helped with the training by Tom Albertrani, formerly assistant to Cigar's handler Bill Mott in America, with Simon Crisford acting as racing manager. Cape Verdi's Sagitta 1000 Guineas win completed the full set of British classics for bin Suroor in 1998. His domestic classic winners are Sagitta 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Sagitta 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Vodafone Derby (1995 Lammtarra), Vodafone Oaks (1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq). Godolphin has enjoyed numerous other big-race wins worldwide and took the Dubai World Cup again earlier this year with Moon Ballad while Dubai Destination provided another top-level success when landing the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2002-3 Equerry 4/1; 2001-4 Tobougg 9/4F, 2001-6 Broche 50/1, 2000-5 Fantastic Light 5/1, 2000-8 Sun Charm 150/1; 1999-2 Xaar 6/1; 1998-1 DAYLAMI 6/4F, 1998-2 Faithful Son 5/1, 1998-3 Central Park 14/1; 1997-4 Allied Forces 16/1; 1996-1 HALLING 100/30; 1995-1 HALLING 7/1, 1995-3 Red Bishop 4/1
Born in Milan on December 15, 1970, the son of Gianfranco, a former multiple champion jockey in Italy, Frankie Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He was champion British apprentice in 1989 and passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes. Has since captured the hearts of racegoers with his flamboyant style, phenomenal riding successes, and charisma in and out of the saddle. Champion jockey in 1994 and 1995, Dettori created history when riding all seven winners on the first day card at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. His ground-breaking exertions brought recognition beyond that of racing s own sphere when he was voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. While victory in the Vodafone Derby still eludes Dettori, Cape Verdi s win in the 1998 Sagitta 1000 Guineas means that he has tasted success in all four other domestic classics at least once, as well as a host of high-profile international successes, including the 1995 Arc on Lammtarra, the 1996 Japan Cup on Singspiel, the 2000 Dubai World Cup on Dubai Millennium and the Breeders Cup Turf on Daylami in 1999 and in 2001 on Fantastic Light. Dettori, who is retained by the Godolphin team, survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed and missed part of the season as a result. Highlights last season included wins on Kazzia in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks. He is married to Catherine with three young children.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2002-3 Equerry 4/1; 2001-4 Tobougg 9/4F; 1999-2 Xaar 6/1; 1998-1DAYLAMI 6/4F; 1997-4 Allied Forces 16/1; 1995-3 Red Bishop 4/1; 1993-2 Misil 25/1
NAYEF (USA) FACTFILE
5 b h Gulch (USA) - Height Of Fashion (FR) (Bustino)
Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum
Trainer: Marcus Tregoning
Breeder: Shadwell Farm Inc
Jockey: Richard Hills
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's home-bred Nayef boasts as fine a pedigree as any thoroughbred born in 1998 and has more than lived up to his breeding. By top American sire Gulch, responsible for the 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, he is the last foal of Height Of Fashion, an outstanding broodmare whose best progeny include the great Nashwan, winner of the 1989 2,000 Guineas and Derby, and Unfuwain, who sired Lahan, the 1000 Guineas winner in 2000. Trained by Marcus Tregoning, who had been assistant to Dick Hern in the days of Nashwan and Unfuwain, Nayef made his debut on September 15, 2000, in Newbury's Haynes Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes, prevailing by a neck from Tamburlaine. On his next start in the Listed Autumn Stakes at Ascot, he relished the heavy conditions to score by six lengths. That effort earned rave reviews and saw him go into the winter as favourite for both the Vodafone Derby and Sagitta 2000 Guineas. His eagerly-awaited reappearance in 2001 came in the Group 3 Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes at Newmarket when, despite being sent off the 4/6 favourite, he could finish only third to King's Ironbridge. After then finishing eighth to Golan in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, he was third to Alexius in the Group Three Peugeot Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. His true talent then began to emerge with wins in the Group Three Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on August 11, the Group Three Select Stakes at Goodwood just over a month later, the Royal Court Theatre Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot in September and he rounded off the 2001 campaign with a Group One victory in the Dubai Champion Stakes at Newmarket on October 20. His 2002 began with success in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba in March and then travelled to Ireland where the testing ground possibly caught him out when third to Rebelline in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup in May. He was again below par when fourth to Grandera in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot but ran a blinder when beaten a head by Golan in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes before rounding off his season by beating the same rival by half a length in the Group One Juddmonte International at York. He finished three lengths sixth on dirt to Moon Ballad in the Dubai World Cup on his first run this year before winning the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 18, an effort as good as any in his illustrious career. The Prince Of Wales's Stakes was one of the first legs of the Britiah Horseracing Board's new Grand Slam and Summer Triple Crown, with bonuses of £5 million and £1 million, and the Coral-Eclipse is the second leg.
Race Record: Starts: 16; 1st: 9; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 4; Win and place prize money: £2,227,840
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the second-eldest brother of the ruling family of Dubai. He is Dubai's minister of finance and industry and, like other family members, has invested vast sums in bloodstock. He was elected an honorary member of the British Jockey Club in 1989. Around 300 horses carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulettes, and are trained in Britain mainly by John Dunlop, Ed Dunlop, Ben Hanbury, Marcus Tregoning, John Gosden, Mark Johnston, Alec Stewart, Sir Michael Stoute, Barry Hills and Neil Graham. Sheikh Hamdan also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai and France. He has owned two Vodafone Derby winners, Nashwan (1989) and Erhaab (1994), as well as numerous other big-race winners around the world, including At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively. In 2000 he gained his fourth success in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas when Lahan followed the examples set by Salsabil, Shadayid and Harayir while Nashwan provided him with a sole Sagitta 2000 Guineas victory in 1989. He is also involved with Godolphin. A prolific and highly-successful breeder, Sheikh Hamdan owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, Beech House Stud in Newmarket, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky, which together house over 160 broodmares. His stallions include Green Desert, Almutawakel, Erhaab, Mujahid, Muhtarram, Lahib, Marju, Elnadim, Intikhab, Bahhare, Mutamam and Alhaarth.
Previous Coral-Eclipse Wins: 1990 ELMAAMUL; 1989 NASHWAN
Born in Cornwall on July 31, 1959, Marcus Tregoning has been involved in the racing industry for most of his life. He had a grounding in the bloodstock world that included spells at Jocelyn Hambro's Waverton Stud, the National Stud course, Danny Van Clief's Virginia stud and the farm of vet and trainer Jim Wallace in New Zealand. He spent 14 years as assistant to the late Dick Hern, initially at the historic West Ilsley stables, and then at Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's purpose-built Kingwood House Stables near Lambourn. Tregoning was a useful amateur rider, winning several point-to-points, often on Bespoke, now one of the yard hacks. Hern's retirement from training saw Tregoning take over the licence at Kingwood House in 1997 and his major flagbearers to date include triple Group 3 winner Ekraar, the 2000 Group 2 Rockfel Stakes heroine Sayedah, the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes heroine Dominica and, best of all, Nayef, who won the 2001 Group 1 Dubai Champion Stakes, two more Group 1s in 2002, the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Juddmonte International at York, as well as this year's Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. Tregoning, who had his best-ever year in 2001 with 53 successes, has 122 horses in training in 2003, principally for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum although other owners include Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Bob McCreery and Stephen Wallis, managing director at Epsom Downs Racecourse. Tregoning has an exciting three-year-old this year in High Accolade, winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and a leading St Leger contender.
No previous Coral-Eclipse Runners
Born in Newmarket on January 22, 1963, minutes after his twin brother, Michael. The Hills' hugely-successful racing family also consists of father, Barry, and brother, John, who are both leading trainers. Charlie, another brother, is a successful amateur rider and assists James Fanshawe. Hills served his apprenticeship under Tom Jones and rode his first winner on Border Dawn at Doncaster on October 26, 1979. He first met the man by whom his riding services are now retained, Hamdan Al Maktoum, through that apprenticeship when the Sheikh installed record-priced 625,000gns yearling Ghadeer in Jones' hands. Hills took on Willie Carson's role as first jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum. Lahan provided him with a second Sagitta 1000 Guineas success in 2000, having also won the race on Harayir in 1995. Mutafaweq gave Hills his only other classic triumph in the 1999 St Leger and his other big race successes include the 1999 Dubai World Cup on Almutawakel, the 1990 Ascot Gold Cup on Ashal, the 1998 July Cup on Elnadim, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 1994 on 66/1 shot Maroof and on 33/1 chance Summoner in 2001, the 2001 Grade 1 Canadian International on Mutamam and the 2001 Dubai Champion Stakes, 2002 Dubai Sheema Classic and Juddmonte International as well as the 2003 Prince of Wales's Stakes with Nayef.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2000-4 Sakhee 7/4F; 1994-6 Lattam 200/1; 1992-4 Free Flyer 33/1
ISLINGTON (IRE) FACTFILE
4 b f Sadler's Wells (USA) - Hellenic (Darshaan)
Owner: Exors of the late Lord Weinstock
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd
Jockey: Kieren Fallon
Home-bred at the late Lord Weinstock's Ballymacoll Stud, Islington is by the 12-times champion sire Sadler's Wells out of the Ribblesdale and Yorkshire Oaks winner Hellenic, making her a full-sister to the high-class performer Greek Dance. Although she did not win as a juvenile, Islington showed considerable promise on her two starts. She made her debut at Newmarket on August 17, finishing sixth behind Bright And Clear in a seven-furlong maiden. Islington's only other start in 2001 saw her come third to Protectress in the Listed Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket over the same trip on October 6 when she did all her best work at the finish. Last season Islington reappeared in a ten-furlong maiden at Newbury on April 19 and she comfortably defeated Fragrant View by a length and a half. She then took a step up in class to contest the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 14 and stayed on well to defeat Spinnette by a length. In the 2002 Vodafone Oaks, Islington was not seen at her best, possibly unsuited by the soft ground, as she came home in eighth place, 19 lengths adrift of the winner Kazzia. However, she more than made amends on her next two starts, winning the Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood by four lengths from Sulk and the Group One Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York by five lengths from Guadalupe, with Kazzia back in fourth. Islington's final two starts last season saw her campaigned on the international stage, finishing fifth to Marienbard in the Group One Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and third to Starine in the Grade One Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Arlington. This year Islington's reappearance was delayed due to a foot injury but her seasonal debut was an encouraging one, finishing three and a half lengths third to Nayef in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 18.
Race Record: Runs: 10; 1st: 4; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £438,398
Exors 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, and orphaned at the age of ten. He died on July 23, 2002, and his family have now taken control of his racing interests, which are managed by Peter Reynolds, manager of the Ballymacoll Stud Farm. Lord Weinstock 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 widow Netta is the daughter of the late Sir Michael Sobell, with whom Weinstock owned horses from 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. Over the past 40 years, most major races have been won by a horse carrying the Sobell/Weinstock pale blue, yellow and white colours, and the latest star was Pilsudski, winner of the Japan Cup, Dubai Champion Stakes, 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, with Sir Michael having passed away in 1993. Weinstock enjoyed considerable success with Golan, winner of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and Prix Niel, as well as runner-up to Galileo in the Vodafone Derby in 2001. In his four-year-old careet, Golan recorded an emotional victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamnond Stakes, just four days after Weinstock's death. The Weinstock trainers include Sir Michael Stoute and Marcus Tregoning.
Coral-Ecipse Record of Lord Weinstock: 1997-1 PILSUDSKI 11/2, 1980-1 ELA-MANA MOU 85/40F (With Simon Weinstock)
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 winner King's Best 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, the Vodafone Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. Stoute has won the Vodafone Derby three times - with Shergar in 1981, Shahrastani five years later and Kris Kin this year. His long list of big-race successes also includes the Sagitta 2000 Guineas (five times), Sagitta 1000 Guineas (twice), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (three times), Vodafone Oaks (twice), the Irish Derby (three times), Irish Oaks (six times), Irish 1,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas (three times) and Coral-Eclipse (fourtmes) 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 190 horses in training this year at his Freemason Lodge yard in Newmarket.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2001-1 MEDICEAN 7/2, 2000-2 Kalanisi 7/2, 1999-3 Fantastic Light 6/1, 1999-6 Insatiable 8/1, 1998-4 Insatiable 100/30, 1997-1 PILSUDSKI 11/2, 1995-2 Singspiel 9/2, 1994-1 EZZOUD 5/1, 1993-1 OPERA HOUSE 9/2, 1992-2 Opera House 8/1, 1992-7 Rock Hopper 8/1, 1992-11 Mellaby 200/1, 1991-2 Stagecraft 2/1F, 1987-5 Milligram 10/1, 1981-7 Hard Fought 100/30, 1975-11 Sir Penfro 66/1
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 his 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. The Stoute/Fallon combination won the Sagitta 2000 Guineas with the Saeed Suhail-owned King's Best in 2000 and Golan in 2001. Fallon was champion jockey in 1997 (202 wins), 1998 (204), 1999 (202), 2001 (166) and again last season with 149 successes. He is a warm order to land a sixth title this season and has already bagged a classic success with Russian Rhythm in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas. 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. Fallon spent part of the winner in a clinic in Ireland after admitting to a drink problem and is now teetotal. His second Vodafone Derby success came on Kris Kin this year while he had his first Coral-Eurobet win on Medicean in 2001.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2001-1 MEDICEAN 7/2, 1999-4 Chester House 6/1, 1997-3 Bosra Sham 4/7F, 1996-4 Ela-Aristokrati 16/1
NORSE DANCER (IRE) FACTFILE
3 b c Halling (USA) - River Patrol (Rousillon (USA))
Owner: Jeff Smith
Trainer: David Elsworth
Breeder: Ralph Ergnist and Bruno Faust
Jockey: Richard Quinn
This son of Halling cost 26,000gns at Tattersalls as a foal and made the perfect start to his racing career as a juvenile, winning his first two starts. The first of these successes came in a seven-furlong maiden at Salisbury in June, 2002, when he proved a head too strong for Phoenix Reach. The following month he retained his unbeaten record in a novice stakes over the same distance at Ascot, this time getting the better of Pinkerton by two lengths. Later the same month he was stepped up in class in the seven-furlong Group Three Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, where he suffered his first reversal at the hands of the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Dublin, who beat him two and a quarter lengths into fourth. He then filled the same position in the mile Group Two Hackney Empire Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot on September 28, when going down by four lengths to Al Jadeed. His two-year-old career ended with a run in the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster the following month, coming seventh to Brian Boru. Backers did not give Norse Dancer much chance when he made his seasonal bow in the Group One Sagitta 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3. However, he belied his odds of 100/1 to finish a length third to Refuse To Bend in the season's first classic. Connections then took the decision to supplement Norse Dancer for the Vodafone Derby for £90,000 and he came close to justifying that decison, finishing a staying-on fourth behind Kris Kin.
Race Record Runs: 6 1st: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £127,778
Jeff Smith, 56, purchased the 170-acre Littleton Stud in November, 1984. The stud, home to some 25 mares and the stallion Robellino, is located three miles north of Winchester and Smith lives close by at Merdon Manor in Hursley. He is chairman and chief executive officer of AIM Group Plc, a public company based in Southampton which employs 1,300 people in Britain and America manufacturing aircraft interiors. He currently has more than 30 horses in training with Andrew Balding, David Elsworth, James Eustace and Sylvester Kirk in Britain and Myriam Bollack-Badel in France. Smith's purple and light blue colours first sprung to prominence with top sprinter Chief Singer, the winner of three Group One contests, a horse which Smith describes as the best he has owned together with the home-bred Lochsong, who also won progressed from handicap company to win three Group One races among 15 successes although the owner recently suggested Norse Dancer could be the best he has had. Chief Singer's facile success on his racecourse debut in the 1983 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot threw Smith and trainer Ron Sheather into the limelight at a time when both were virtual unknowns. Sheather is now Smith's racing manager. The owner has also enjoyed success with Blue Siren, Lochangel, the popular stayer Persian Punch, Grey Shot, Dashiba and Rapscallion.
Coral-Eclipse Record: No previous winners
David Elsworth was born just before Christmas in 1939 and first became involved in racing as a jump jockey, riding for a number of stables including those of Toby Balding and Alex Kilpatrick. Success in the saddle was limited, but it was a different exercise when he turned to training after going through some lean years which included at one stage selling from a stall in Devizes market. When he was acting as assistant to Ricky Vallance, he played a big part in the successes of Red Candle in the Hennessy and Mackeson Gold Cups.
He set up on his own in 1978/9 and had his first winner with Fortune Cookie that season, but it was not too long before he started to train the best-known horse with which he will ever be acquainted. This was the grey steeplechaser Desert Orchid, winner of a record four King George VI Chases at Kempton as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and many other races in his exhilarating, front-running style.
Elsworth has also enjoyed top level jumping wins with Barnbrook Again, Combs Ditch, Floyd and Oh So Risky, and among his many good results on the Flat have been the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Juddmonte International and the Champion Stakes with In The Groove, the Jersey Stakes with Indian Ridge and the Racing Post Trophy with Seattle Rhyme. Many of those wins came when he was based at Whitsbury Manor in Hampshire, and he made no secret about how much he missed that place when circumstances forced him to move to Whitcombe Manor in Dorset in the early 90s. He returned to Whitsbury in 1996 and has a team of 61 in training this year.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2002-5 Indian Creek 8/1, 1999-8 Lear Spear 7/1, 1992-3 Sapience 14/1, 1991-4 In The Groove 3/1
Born Stirling, Scotland on December 2, 1961, Richard Quinn served his apprenticeship with Herbert Jones in Malton from 1979 until 1981, when he joined Paul Cole, who provided the aspiring rider with his first success, Bolivar Baby at Kempton on October 21, 1981. Quinn was champion European apprentice in 1983 and champion British apprentice in 1984. His two British classic wins came in the 1990 St Leger on Snurge and Love Divine in the 2000 Vodafone Oaks. Controversially lost the ride on Generous in the 1991 Derby to Alan Munro when owner Prince Fahd Salman decided to retain the latter jockey despite Quinn's status as stable jockey to trainer Cole. The partnership of Salman, Cole and Quinn was later resumed although the jockey rode as a freelance in 1999, when he had a best-ever tally of 151 victories, and only Kieren Fallon partnered more winners. Following Fallon's departure from Warren Place, Quinn began as first jockey to Henry Cecil in 2000, when he achieved 140 wins, and he rode 116 winners in 2001 and 104 in 2002.
Coral-Eclipse Record: 2002-5 Indian Creek 8/1, 2000-3 Shiva 4/1, 1999-8 Lear Spear 7/1, 1996-7 Beauchamp King 16/1, 1994-8 Perfect Imposter 20/1, 1988-6 Broken Hearted 13/2
RECOMMENDATIONS OF JOINT BHB & JOCKEY CLUB SECURITY REVIEW
SECURITY REVIEW GROUP PRESS STATEMENT
The Security Review Group makes 36 Recommendations to the Racing Authorities
The Report of the Security Review Group, which contains 36 Recommendations to enhance the integrity of British horseracing and the ability of the Jockey Club Security Department to respond to such issues, was handed to The Jockey Club and the British Horseracing Board on 27th June.
The Report identifies five broad areas of threat to the integrity of British horseracing (see Executive Summary); it comments on the breadth and depth of the various threats arising from breaches of the Rules of Racing, criminality or other activities and the potential sources of those threats.
The Report details the need for a more focused and robust response to integrity issues by the Security Department at The Jockey Club but emphasises that all stakeholders in the racing and betting industries have an active role to play in maintaining the integrity of the sport.
Comment is made on the importance of persons licensed or registered by The Jockey Club abiding by the Rules of Racing. The roles of bookmakers and betting exchanges are discussed together with the emerging threats arising from the wider opportunities now available to the public to "lay" a horse to lose as well as betting to win. It is judged that the threat to integrity is increased if "inside information" not available to the general public is used by licensed persons or others to cheat, either by betting to win or "laying" to lose.
The Report recommends that those persons licensed or registered by the Jockey Club should declare any account held by them with a bookmaker or betting exchange to provide an effective audit trail in respect of any suspicious betting activity and the declaration should be a condition of the grant of a licence or registration.
Recommendations are made to build upon current initiatives between the Security Department of the Jockey Club and bookmakers/betting exchanges to disclose information on account holders if corrupt practices are suspected.
The Report, whilst acknowledging the experience and expertise of current Security Department staff, has made various recommendations to improve the effectiveness, culture, openness and administration of the Security Department. These include additional staff resources for the central intelligence cell at Jockey Club Headquarters and a significant improvement in its use of information technology.
Further recommendations are made on the aims, objectives and priorities of the Security Department which seek to clarify that its principal activity should be to police the Rules of Racing. Where suspected criminal matters are uncovered, they should be referred to the Police.
Better liaison between the Security Department, other personnel within the Jockey Club and BHB and with the wider racing and betting communities, as well as the Police and Government agencies, is also recommended.
The Report deals with the important post of the Director of Security and makes recommendations about the process and transparency required in appointing the next Director.
The wide consultation undertaken by the Security Review Group confirmed that the integrity of British horseracing is high on the agenda for all concerned with the sport.
Ben Gunn, the Chairman of the Review Group, said "I firmly believe that the 36 Recommendations, which cover integrity issues from both a factual and perception standpoint, if implemented, will enhance the integrity of the sport in the future and significantly improve the Jockey Club Security Department's ability to address the threats".
IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS
AGA KHAN LANDS ONE-TWO IN IRISH DERBY
Alamshar, trained by John Oxx, led home an Aga Khan-owned one-two in the EUR1.3m Budweiser Irish Derby before a crowd of 31,136 at the Curragh on Sunday.
Third in the Epsom Derby in early June, Alamshar got the better of a prolonged duel with Prix du Jockey-Club winner Dalakhani under Johnny Murtagh to win by half-a-length, the pair finishing clear of Roosevelt who fared best of Aidan O'Brien's six runners.
Oxx said, "That was the sort of performance I had hoped for at Epsom, but things didn't go as I had hoped. If he had given a display like that at Epsom, he would have won."
Once again, the race proved to be a great success for Irish-bred horses as the filled the first three places. The winner's sire, Key Of Luck, (who stands at Tara Stud) is proving he can sire stakes horses at all distances. He is also the sire of Miss Emma, recent winner of Group 3 Greenlands Stakes over 6 furlongs.
Alamshar is now a likely contender for the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and then go on to contest the Irish Champion Stakes over ten furlongs at Leopardstown in September while Dalakhani has the Prix Neil as a likely target followed by the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
O'BRIEN JUVENILE TAKES RAILWAY STAKES
Antonius Pius gave Aidan O'Brien his fifth consecutive success in the EUR130,000 Group 2 Anheuser Busch Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Derby Sunday.
A runaway winner of his maiden at Gowran Park, Antonius Pius needed only to be pushed out by Michael Kinane to see off the challenge of the Andrew Balding-trained Spanish Ace.
O'Brien looks set to run his winner in the Group 1 National Stakes at the same course in September while it appears the promising Grand Reward has been earmarked for the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes in August.
O'Brien commented, "He has always shown a lot at home and Michael gave him a lovely tender ride. I hope he will be around for the National Stakes later in the season."
MAHARIB STEPS UP TO WIN CURRAGH CUP
The Dermot Weld-trained Maharib followed up on his Listed success at Limerick in early June with a gutsy success in the EUR75,000 Group 3 Curragh Cup on Saturday.
Now the winner of three of his five starts, the son of Derrinstown Stud sire Alhaarth fought off the late challenge of Arundel (Sadler's Wells) to score by 3/4 length under Pat Smullen.
Dermot Weld said, "He is a good, tough colt and if he continues to go the right way we might think of aiming him for the Doncaster St Leger."
The improving winner is owned and bred by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
HANAMI POPULAR WINNER FOR JAMES TOLLER
Hanami, who had run so well in both the English 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks, gave Newmarket trainer James Toller a second Curragh winner when landing the EUR130,000 Group 2 Audi Pretty Polly Stakes on Saturday.
Toller had previously won at the course with Duck Row and he landed another valuable Irish prize when his smart filly held off the late surge of Zee Zee Top to win by a neck.
"We will consider the Darley Irish Oaks if she recovers quickly from today's race. We will have to think hard about our prospects of getting a mile and a half. It's possible that today's trip of ten furlongs suits her best."
MEEHAN GAINS FIRST SUCCESS IN GOFFS CHALLENGE RACE
The Brian Meehan-trained Carrizo Creek landed the EUR130,000 Goffs Challenge at the Curragh on Friday evening.
Sold for EUR40,000, the James Hanley-bred son of Charnwood Forest was ridden by Kieran Fallon, who had recommended to the trainer that he wait for this contest instead of travelling to Royal Ascot. Getting to the front a furlong from home, he comfortably accounted for a large field of runners.
Winning handler Meehan was enjoying his first victory at the Curragh.
MINGUN TAKES LISTED EVENT
Mingun, a son of Miesque and a half brother to Kingmambo, was the easy winner of the Listed Budweiser Celebration Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
A winner of his maiden at Leopardstown earlier in the season, this promising colt travelled like the winner from a long way out. Sent to the lead inside the final furlong he quickened clear to win by 2½ lengths.
Aidan O'Brien will continue to allow him to make steady progression throughout the season and has indicated that he will be part of his team of four year olds next season, where he could progress to the highest level.
DEPORTIVO FOLLOWS UP ROYAL ASCOT SUCCESS
Night Shift is the sire of Deportivo, who was the comfortable winner of the EUR100,000 Listed King Of Beers Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Trained in Beckhampton by Roger Charlton, Deportivo overcame a poor draw to account for the locally trained pair of Osterhase and Sun Slash in this valuable five-furlong contest.
The winner, who was ridden by Johnny Murtagh, is expected to step up to Group class next time.
LISTED WINNER FOR DESERT PRINCE
Irish National Stud sire Desert Prince was responsible for Listed winner Audacious Prince in the Prix Pelleas at Saint-Cloud early last week.
Trained by Sir Mark Prescott in Newmarket, the winner made all the running and battled gamely to win from Ridar. The late Mrs Max Morris bred this half-brother to Derby winner Oath.
HIGH CHAPARRAL RETURN DEFERRED
High Chaparral was last week ruled out of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot later this month.
Last season's dual Derby and Breeders' Cup winner injured a shoulder in early April but trainer Aidan O'Brien had hoped to have the brilliant son of Sadler's Wells back for this race.
However, those plans have now been shelved and connections are planning an Autumn campaign which is likely to be centred around the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
IRISH CHALLENGE FOR AMERICAN OAKS
The American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 5th looks set to have a strong European challenge. The Irish bred pair of Golden Nepi and Demitrova are probable starters at this stage. Golden Nepi is already a classic winner this season as she won the Group 2 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1,000 Guineas), while Dimitrova ran a close third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas for Dermot Weld.
GOOD DAY TOO FINISHES 3RD ON U.S. DEBUT
The Tommy Stack trained Good Time Too finished 3rd in the grade 2 Arlington Classic on Saturday the 28th. Having his first outing in the USA, this was his last run for Tommy Stack. on a very promising U.S. debut, this son of Danetime raced close up to the pace before challenging for the lead entering the straight and he ran on well to be beaten 1½ lengths.
FORMER TOMMY STACK TRAINED SCHILLER WINS BNB CLASSIC
Schiller, formally trained by Tommy Stack, was the impressive winner of the BNB Classic in Barbados. A son of Ali Royal, Schiller was the impressive winner of a Tralee maiden and a conditions race at Fairyhouse before being sold to race in Barbados under his new trainer Robert Pierce.
Schiller's former owner Benedikt Fassbender, hasn't had to wait too long for another useful performer to come his way however, as he is the owner of Kanisfluh. Kanisfluh was the easy winner of the 2yo maiden in the Curragh last Friday.
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