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Thursday, July 21, 2005

DANZILI BAY ON COURSE FOR SKYBET DASH - Beckermet also a likely runner

Newmarket trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam today confirmed ante-post favourite Danzili Bay as on course for the £50,000 Skybet Dash, the highlight of York's programme on Saturday, July 23.

The three-year-old has won two of his four starts so far this season. On May 31 he landed a six-furlong classified stakes at Leicester and on his latest appearance at Haydock on July 2, was the comfortable winner of a six-furlong handicap for three-year-olds. He currently trades as 7/1 favourite with the sponsors for Saturday's six-furlong contest.

Chapple-Hyam revealed today: "Danzili Bay goes for the Skybet Dash at York on Saturday.

"He's had no problems since his win at Haydock on July 2 and is in real good form - I'm very happy with him."

This will be the first time that Danzili Bay has taken on older opposition but this is not something that concerns Chapple-Hyam: "I'm not worried about taking on the older horses as I think there is definitely more improvement to come from this horse."

Another likely starter in the Skybet Dash is Beckermet. The three-year-old has put up some great performances so far this season, with his best efforts coming when second to Iffraaj over the course and distance in the Wokingham Handicap over the course and distance and on his latest start at Newbury on July 16, when successful in the Listed Trailfinders Stakes.

Trainer Roger Fisher explained: "There is a good chance Beckermet will run in the Skybet Dash."

The Ulverston-based handler continued: "I would say he is about 80% certain to run and Paul Hanagan will ride.

"He went well at York in the Wokingham. He is a really tough little horse, especially considering he is only just over three and thrives on his racing. He seems to be enjoying himself at the moment and so there seems no reason not to run him again.

"He is also in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood the following Saturday, but he wouldn't run in both and at the moment I'm favouring York."

The maximum field for the Skybet Dash is 20, with the final declaration stage being 10.00am tomorrow, July 22.

Dale Tempest, Skybet PR Director, commented: "The Skybet Dash at York on Saturday is shaping up nicely into a really competitive handicap.

"We are obviously delighted that Peter Chapple-Hyam is going to send up Danzili Bay and it will be fascinating to see how the ante-post favourite shapes up against his more seasoned rivals, particularly Beckermet who is sure to be a threat to everyone."

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Gerard Butler was born on April 24, 1966, and hails from Co Kildare in Ireland, where his family owned the Pier House Stud on the Curragh.
He first became professionally involved in racing as a stable lad at Chantilly in 1988 and then had a spell with top trainer (the late) Colin Hayes in Australia before returning to his native Ireland to work at Coolmore Stud.
The next move was to the United States where he was attached to D Wayne Lukas' team for three and a half years, working his way up to becoming an assistant to the great trainer before his return to Europe coincided with John Dunlop needing a new assistant.
He was at Castle Stables until the end of 1997 when he took up the role of training at Erik Penser's Churn Farm Stables, Blewbury in Oxfordshire, where the network of gallops, not used for a decade apart from the odd point-to-pointer, is very extensive. Gerard Butler had his first success when Beauchamp King won at Haydock in May, 1998.
Compton Admiral flew the flag for him in 1999 with victories in the Craven Stakes and Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, while in 2002 Butler enjoyed success with Elusive City in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville.
In recent seasons, Nayyir has been the stable's flagbearer, gaining back-to-back victories in the Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes) at Glorious Goodwood in 2002 and 2003. He was also successful in the Vodafone Diomed Stakes at Epsom in 2002 and the Group Two Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes at Newmarket later in the same campaign.

Nayyir did not get his head in front last year but finished an admirable neck second to top filly Soviet Song in the Group One Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes at Goodwood's Festival Meeting and also filled the runner-up spot behind Chic in the Group Two totesport Celebration Mile at the same venue a month later.

The trainer recorded 32 victories last year in Britain and enjoyed his best tally of 63 in 2003. He has sent out 14 winners at Goodwood overall, half of which have come at the Festival Meeting in July.

In addition to Nayyir's two wins in the Betfair Cup, Gerard Butler has succeeded at Britain's most beautiful racecourse in the Group Three ABN Amro Stakes (Gordon Stakes) courtesy of Compton Ace in 1999, the Listed Glorious Handicap Stakes with Compton Bolter two years later and Shamaiel in the Listed Windflower March Stakes during the same campaign.

His most recent success at Goodwood was Prime Number, who made virtually all under Chris Catlin to justify favouritism in the Renault Maiden Stakes on June 17.

As well as making a name for himself in Britain, Butler has been a keen supporter of racing in Dubai having had 40 runners there since February, 2000.

His international raids there have been rewarded with prize money of almost half a million US dollars in the 2003/2004 campaign and more than that figure in 2004/2005.

The undoubted star this year was Jack Sullivan, who provided Butler with two victories including the Group Three Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 2) at Nad Al Sheba in March, plus fourth in the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup.
The trainer has a team of 72 horses this year and he commented ahead of Glorious Goodwood: "The season is going OK - we have had a few some nice surprises as well as some disappointments.

"The horses have been more consistent than last year and we are building up a nice team for Glorious Goodwood, which we have been looking forward to for quite a while."

7 ch g Indian Ridge - Pearl Kite (USA) (Silver Hawk (USA))
Owner: Abdulla Al Khalifa Breeder: Saeed Manana
Possible Goodwood Targets: Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes and Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes)
Nayyir has done particularly well at Goodwood and is being aimed again at the Group One Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes over a mile on Wednesday, July 27.

The seven-year-old has had 21 career starts, winning on six occasions and being placed a further six times, with two victories and two seconds coming at Goodwood.
The son of Indian Ridge did not compete until he was four, enjoying an easy winning debut over seven furlongs on the all-weather track at Lingfield in March, 2002 when sent off the 30/100 favourite.

Two months later, following another two runs, he gained his next victory cheekily in a mile Beverley handicap off a mark of 83. This was to be his second and final start in a handicap as he then made a successful transition to Pattern company, scoring in the Group Three Vodafone Diomed Stakes at Epsom over nine furlongs in June, 2002 by three lengths from Highdown.

Nayyir was sent to Royal Ascot where he was a short-head off third place behind No Excuse Needed in the Group Two (now Group One) Queen Anne Stakes.
His first start at Goodwood came in the seven-furlong Group Three (now Group Two) Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes) at the Festival Meeting on August 2, when Eddie Ahern gave Nayyir a brilliant ride to outpoint 2,000 Guineas third Redback by half a length.

Raised to Group One company, he finished third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs on very soft ground at Deauville and was unplaced in the six-furlong Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup at Haydock. He ended his initial campaign with a first triumph at Group Two level, taking the seven-furlong Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes at Newmarket impressively by two and a half lengths from Firebreak.

Nayyir nearly died from severe colitis in Hong Kong during that winter but he showed his resolution on his return to the course, winning at the second time of asking in 2003 when gaining a memorable repeat success in the Group Two Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes). This time he got the upper hand in a tremendous finish by a head from Arakan before trying the Prix Maurice de Gheest again without any luck.

He again rounded off his season in the Group Two Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes, but he was unable to record back-to-back victories at Headquarters, finishing well to be the half-length runner-up to Just James.

Nayyir began 2004 with a fine run to be third Group One Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Nad Al Sheba in the March, finishing just a neck behind dead-heaters Right Approach and Paolini over just short of nine furlongs.

Four months later, following another try at sprinting in the Group One Darley July Cup, he again lined up at Goodwood, this time in the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes in which he mounted a strong challenge in a pulsating finish but finishing a neck behind top filly Soviet Song at the line.

Nayyir returned to Britain's most beautiful racecourse in late August for the Group Two totesport Celebration Mile, a contest which he again holds an entry in 2005.

He was forced to settle for second position again, coming up against another progressive filly in Chic who was a length and a quarter too good.

Nayyir completed his third term with two runs at the highest level in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by NetJets) at Ascot and the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, coming fourth to Rakti in the former and sixth to Somnus in France.

His seasonal debut, after nearly nine months off the track, resulted in a close third, beaten a short-head and a head, to Vortex and Court Masterpiece in the seven-furlong Group Three Haven And British Holidays Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on June 25.

Gerard Butler said: "Nayyir is probably at his best at this time of year and he is in fine shape at the moment.

"I made up my mind at the start of the season that we would get togther a sizeable team for Glorious Goodwood , and this is the best team I have ever sent there.

"I am very happy with the health of the horses and the team itself - they are nice bunch of horses but you need a lot of luck in running. Goodwood has been a lucky place for us.

"Nayyir is the admiral or captain of the team. We tried for the Juddmonte Lockinge with him but he just wasn't ready, we tried for the Queen Anne Stakes and he just wasn't ready but now at last things have changed for the better- his blood profile and his physical well-being.

"I think it is more the time of year rather than a marked preference for Goodwood. I was pleased with his run at Newmarket - I would have liked to have won it but things just didn't fall his way. I wanted him to be the last of the bridle but of the three involved in the finish he was the first off the bridle.
"He has come on a lot for that run and Court Masterpiece and Vortex, who just beat him, ran well enough in their Group race at Lingfield next time out. Nayyir has come out of the race very, very well so it is all pointing to the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Mile.

"We will know on Wednesday whether he is as good as he was last year. He took longer to come to hand this year - whether it was because we went to France at the end of last season for the Prix Foret - I should not have taken him there - it was me being too greedy - and he did take a bit of dive afterwards.
"But we gave him a lot of time off and just tried to build him back. In his work and physically, he is as good as ever but he is an older and wiser guy.

"Qumar, who was one of the top jockeys in Pakistan a few years ago - he won their Guineas and St Leger, rides him. He gets on very well with Nayyir who can be a grumpy old man.

"Nayyir worked well on Tuesday and was chilling out in the paddock yesterday. There is nothing more to do with him, other than to keep him fresh and happy. He deserves to win a Group One.

"He has been such a good servant, as was Compton Admiral who got us going - it is all about good horses."
The trainer has just installed the first Stalok all-weather gallop in Britain. The surface, which combines carpet, fibre, sand and a combination of petroleum, mineral and vegetable oil and waxes, originated in America.

2 ch f Compton Place - Bestemor (Selkirk (USA))
Owner: M Berger Breeder: M Berger
Possible Goodwood Target: Findon Maiden Fillies' Stakes
Best Double made her debut in a six-furlong maiden fillies' event at Newmarket earlier this month but unfortunately got upset her in the stalls that day and dwelt before finishing ninth of 14.

8 b g Red Sunset - Milk And Honey (So Blessed)
Owner: Erik Penser Breeder: Rathasker Stud
Possible Goodwood Targets: Glorious Stakes
Compton Bolter has been an admirable performer for Gerard Butler and owner Erik Penser since making his racecourse debut at Newbury in 1999 - he has been successful 11 times and placed on a further 23 occasions. The Red Sunset gelding won the Glorious Stakes in 2001, when Kevin Darley drove him into the lead in the last 75 yards and he got the better of a tremendous tussle with Maniatis by a neck in the Lady O Memorial Glorious Rated Stakes.

Its says something for the horse's toughness at eight that he has had 11 outings this term and been placed in the top five 10 times, including a victory in a conditions event at Newmarket in May.

6 b g Mark Of Esteem (IRE) - Reprocolor (Jimmy Reppin)
Owner: Erik Penser Breeder: Meon Valley Stud
Possible Goodwood Target: Vodafone Apprentice Handicap
Compton Drake won a handicap at Warwick in March off a mark of 79 and, following some defeats, now gets into handicaps off a lesser mark.

He was very well placed by Gerard Butler at the end of 2003 to win three consecutive handicaps - at Musselburgh, Wolverhampton and Lingfield. The following year the Mark Of Esteem gelding won twice, taking a handicap at Chepstow and a classified stakes at Lingfield.

3 b g Kingmambo (USA) - Scarab Bracelet (USA) (Riverman (USA))
Owner: It's A Breeze Breeder: Brushwood Stable
Possible Goodwood Target: Albert Handicap
El Rey Del Mumbo was seen out once as a two-year-old last year, finishing a promising third in a Lingfield all-weather maiden over six furlongs on the first day of October.

This year he filled the same position on his first outing before breaking his maiden at Newbury in June, when staying on strongly to justify favouritism by one and a half lengths from Dr Zalo. He has subsequently run in two seven-furlong handicaps at Sandown and Newmarket, not having the best of luck on either occasion when denied a clear run but not being beaten too far.

5 b h Wild Again (USA) - Imperial Bailiwick (IRE) (Imperial Frontier (USA))
Owner: Gary & Lesley Middlebrook Breeder: G & Mrs Middlebrook
Possible Goodwood Target: totesport Mile (Heritage Handicap)
Formerly trained by Mark Johnston, Helm Bank reserved his best performances for the Yorkshire-based handler at Royal Ascot. He won the seven-furlong Listed Chesham Stakes in 2002, overcoming Irish raider Tomahawk, who was considered unbeatable, by a short-head. The following year, he went down by a neck to New Seeker in the mile Britannia Handicap.
He then did not compete again until January, 2005 - his first run for Butler. After a couple of outings in handicaps in Dubai, a sixth in a Newmarket Group Three over seven furlongs and an attempt at a mile and quarter in the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot at York, Helm Bank returned to winning ways in a valuable mile handicap at Newcastle last month, staying on well to beat Another Bottle, who recently boosted the form, by half a length. Raised 5lb by the handicapper for that effort, he nearly followed up in a similar event at Sandown on the July 2, finishing well in fourth less than a length behind winner Ace Of Hearts.

Gerard Butler commented: "I am very pleased him and he seems to have improved in each of his last two runs."
4 ch g Belong To Me (USA) - Provisions (USA) (Devil's Bag (USA))
Owner: The International Carnival Partnership Breeder: Hermitage Farm LLC
Possible Goodwood Targets: Summer Handicap or the Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes)
Jack Sullivan did very well at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, on the dirt this year, winning twice including the Group Three Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 2) in March, when getting the better of Chiquitin by a length and a quarter. After those two successes, he went on to finish a great fourth to Roses In May in the world's richest race, the 10-furlong Group One Dubai World Cup, at the same venue on March 26. He returned to action in the mile Group Three Ladbrokes Silver Trophy on the all-weather at Lingfield earlier this month
His two other career successes came on the Polytrack at Lingfield, the first of which was for trainer Brian Meehan from whose yard Jack Sullivan was bought out of at the 2003 Horses In Training Sale at Tattersalls.
Gerard Butler said: "I was disappointed with his run back at Lingfield recently. I don't know what happened - he didn't read his lines properly. He worked well earlier this week and I am pleased with him.
"He has a mark of 98 on the turf. There is a mile and a quarter handicap on Tuesday (the Summer Handicap) but I am not keen on going that far on the turf and I have also made an entry for the Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes) over seven."

5 gr g Linamix (FR) - Sweetness Herself (Unfuwain (USA))
Owner: Chris McFadden Breeder: Mrs M Lavell
Possible Goodwood Targets: Tatler Summer Season Handicap or the Lady O Goodwood Cup
Jagger has not been seen on the racecourse since lining up in a couple of races at Nad Al Sheba in March when fifth and seventh.

He put up possibly his best effort of 2004 in the Tatler Summer Season Handicap at Goodwood's Festival Meeting, where he ran on strongly to finish third to Mephisto.

The previous year he had been a revelation, winning three handicaps including a showcase contest at Ascot in the September.

Gerard Butler declared: "He is making a comeback from Dubai. He is in very good form, working very well. Soft ground was against him last year and we are going for the Lady O Goodwood Cup."

2 b c Rahy (USA) - Meiosis (USA) (Danzig (USA))
Owner: H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Breeder: Darley
Possible Goodwood Target: Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes
League Champion was top of the table on his debut at Newmarket on May 1, winning a five-furlong maiden by a head from Northern Empire with the subsequently unbeaten and current 2006 2,000 Guineas favourite George Washington in third.

He was upped in class in the Group Two Coventry Stakes over six furlongs at Royal Ascot at York, where he was far from disgraced in finishing seventh of 14 behind Red Clubs.

His latest effort was a close third to City Of Troy in a seven-furlong conditions event at Newbury on Saturday with Murfreesboro splitting the pair.

Gerard Butler said: "He is a nice horse who sets the trend. A very solid and sound colt - though he is not our best by far.

"He may do well as a three-year-old as well. Saturday's race was a good race, probably more like a Listed contest."

3 b/br g Red Ransom (USA) - Mingling Glances (USA) (Woodman (USA))
Owner: It's A Breeze Breeder: Maple Leaf Farm
Possible Goodwood Target: Albert Handicap
This Red Ransom gelding was admirably consistent as a two-year-old, finishing in the first four on all five of his starts including winning a mile Hamilton maiden and finishing runner-up to Jonquil in the equivalent of the Vodafone EBF Maiden Stakes at Goodwood in July on his racecourse bow.

This year he has again run consistently without winning in handicaps. He was third to Notability in a mile handicap at Chester in May and, since then, Looks Could Kill has finished sixth in the totesport Silver Bowl at Haydock and, most recently, filled the same position in the Vodafone Live! Stakes Heritage Handicap at Epsom on Derby Day.

3 ch f Giant's Causeway (USA) - Kirk (Selkirk (USA))
Owner: Woodcote Stud Ltd Breeder: Woodcote Stud Ltd
Possible Goodwood Target: Lillie Langtry Fillies' Stakes
Natalie Jane put up the performance of her career last time out when beaten two heads by Playful Act and Hidden Hope in the 12-furlong Group Two bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 2. She previously won a 10-furlong fillies' handicap at Salisbury off a mark of 85, easily beating Mystery Lot by five lengths.

Last year as a juvenile, she won a Nottingham maiden over the same distance and was placed in a Listed race at Newmarket at the end of October.

Gerard Butler commented: "She ran very well in the Lancashire Oaks. The handicapper had put her up 9lb for winning at Salisbury which was a compliment - very rarely do the handicappers get it wrong. Horses going up that much win their next race nine times out of ten and go on to better things.
"There was no other fillies handicap for her to go into - I did not want her to take on the colts so we made an entry for the Lancashire Oaks. With a better run she would have won rather than being third.

"She thought she had won and she has improved a lot since then. I made an entry for the Yorkshire Oaks but I think she wants to go further than a mile and a half which is why she will go for the Lillie Langtry Fillies Stakes over 14 furlongs on Thursday."

3 ch c Grand Lodge (USA) - Delirious Moment (IRE) (Kris)
Owner: Chris McFadden Breeder: Floors Farming, Hmh Management Ltd and John Warren
Possible Goodwood Targets: cantorspreadfair.com Handicap or the Vodafone Handicap.

"He needed every inch of this mile and a quarter," declared Gerard Butler after Nuwara Eliya had got off the mark at the third time of asking in a maiden at Newmarket on July 5, when beating Elraawy by three-quarters of a length.

3 gr c King's Best (USA) - Majinskaya (FR) (Marignan (USA))
Owner: Alan Spence Breeder: Ballylinch Stud
Possible Goodwood Targets: Darnley Handicap or the ladbrokes.com Handicap or the
Vodafone Handicap.

Prime Number gave Gerard Butler his most recent success at Goodwood when making virtually all under Chris Catlin to reward favourite backers in the nine-furlong Renault Maiden Stakes on June 17.

The lightly-raced three-year-old had previously finished third in two other maidens including the Carlton Club In Portsmouth Maiden Stakes at Goodwood on his racecourse bow in April, when four lengths behind Great Plains.

Gerard Butler said: "He won nicely at Goodwood, just an average maiden, but with a bit of luck the handicapper has been just a little bit kind to us."

5 b g Capote (USA) - La Grande Epoque (USA) (Lyphard (USA))
Owner: The International Carnival Partnership Breeder: Clovelly Farms
Possible Goodwood Target: De Boer EBF Classified Stakes
Formerly trained by John Dunlop, who won a Listed race with him at Kempton in Easter, 2003, Gerard Butler produced Prince Tum Tum, purchased at Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale in October, first time out to win a handicap on the all-weather track at Wolverhampton in January.

The five-year-old then ran twice in Dubai, coming third in a valuable mile handicap at Nad Al Sheba in February. He has since finished second in a seven-furlong Warwick conditions race and fifth in a six-furlong Listed race at Newmarket behind Quito.

4 ch g Docksider (USA) - Red Comes Up (USA) (Blushing Groom (FR))
Owner: S A O'Donoghue & M V Deegan Breeder: Airlie Stud
Possible Goodwood Target: Tatler Summer Season Handicap
Ringsider begun this campaign with three handicap outings in Dubai before coming a close third in handicaps at Lingfield and Newmarket. He was ninth to Notable Guest in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot at York last month, being eased when beaten.

The Docksider gelding won twice in 2004 including when taking the 10-furlong Vodafone Apprentice Handicap at Glorious Goodwood on the last day of July after being second in the mile Darnley Handicap four days earlier. He won on one of his two starts as a juvenile - overcoming Kibryaa by three-quarters of a length in a Chester maiden.

2 b f Green Desert (USA) - Shamaiel (IRE) (Lycius (USA))
Owner: Abdulla Al Khalifa Breeder: Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa
Possible Goodwood Targets: EBF New Ham Maiden
An unraced Green Desert filly, out of Shamaiel and the mare's first foal. Shamaiel is a half-sister to Butler's stable star Nayyir and she won the Listed Windflower March Stakes at Goodwood in 2001 for the Blewbury team. Gerard Butler commented: "Shamila is a nice filly."

3 b f Danehill (USA) - Rain Flower (IRE) (Indian Ridge)
Owner: Sangster Family Breeder: King Bloodstock and Swettenham Stud
Possible Goodwood Targets: Audi Stakes (King George Stakes) or Links Of London Handicap
"She had plenty of speed and showed the dash of a greyhound at Lingfield," enthused Gerard Butler after Sumora added to her racecourse debut Lingfield maiden win by taking a five-furlong Listed event at Newbury by one and a half lengths from Castelletto in August of last year. She then failed to trouble the judge on her last two starts of the campaign in Group races at Doncaster and Newmarket
Sumora has run well in Listed contests and a handicap this season, going down by no more than three and a half lengths, with her best placing coming when second to Indian Maiden in a Listed fillies' event at Bath in April.

Gerard Butler added: "She is very, very fast and she will like Goodwood."

2 f Bahri (USA) - Fickle (Danehill (USA))
Owner: Sheikh Abdulla Al Khalifa
Possible Goodwood Target: EBF New Ham Maiden
A daughter of Bahri, who was the neck runner-up to Sayyedati in the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes in 1995, out of Danehill mare Fickle, making the unraced two-year-old a half-sister to Tarfah.

4 b f Kingmambo (USA) - Fickle (Danehill (USA))
Owner: Abdulla Al Khalifa Breeder: Sheik A Bin I Alkahlifa
Possible Goodwood Target: Vodafone Nassau Stakes
By Kingmambo out of a daughter of Danehill, the well-bred Tarfah had a few problems as a two-year-old and the Blewbury team decide to take their time with her. She made her debut in July of last year, winning on her first two starts at Ascot and Windsor over a mile. She was then second off a mark of 85 in a 10-furlong Chester rated handicap on soft ground. Despite not winning, she was raised 5lb by the handicapper, who was proved right when she was successful on her last start of the campaign in a mile Listed handicap on faster ground at Ascot in September, beating Golden Island a head under a masterful Seb Sanders ride.

This year she easily won a mile Listed fillies' event at Kempton in March on her seasonal bow, coasting home five lengths ahead of Dumnoni. She followed up in a nine-furlong Group Three at Newmarket on the first day of May by beating Summitville by a neck. Tarfah returned to a mile for the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot at York, finishing fifth to Peeress.

Gerard Butler said: "She is a beautifully-bred filly and has done well physically - she will be a very valuable broodmare some day.

"I would like her get some Group One form."

2 ch c Diesis - Lamsat Al Hob (Lion Cavern)
Owner: H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Breeder: Darley
Possible Goodwood Target: Vodafone EBF Maiden
An unraced two-year-old Diesis colt, the second foal of Lamsat Al Hob, an unraced daughter of Indian Skimmer.

"He is a nice two-year-old who will run at Goodwood on the Saturday in the seven-furlong Vodafone EBF Maiden. He is very nicely bred."

Times and Order of Running Festival Race Week

Tuesday 26th July 2005
2.15 p.m. (Televised) The Summer Stakes (H'cap) 1m 2f
2.50 p.m. (Televised) The ABN AMRO Stakes 1m 4f
3.25 p.m. (Televised) The Betfair Cup 7f
4.00 p.m. (Televised) The Betfair Molecomb Stakes 5f
4.35 p.m. The Tatler Summer Season Stakes (H'cap) 1m 6f
5.10 p.m. The Turf Club EBF Maiden Stakes 6f
5.45 p.m. The Darnley Stakes (H'cap) 1m

Wednesday 27th July 2005
2.15 p.m. (Televised) The Goodwood Stakes (H'cap) 2m 5f
2.50 p.m. (Televised) The Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes 7f
3.25 p.m. (Televised) The Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes 1m
4.00 p.m. (Televised) The cantorspreadfair.com Stakes (H'cap) 1m 4f
4.35 p.m. The Weatherbys Bank Fillies Stakes (H'cap) 1m 1f
5.10 p.m. The Findon Maiden Fillies Stakes 6f
5.45 p.m. The Zuhair Stakes (H'cap) 5f

Thursday 28th July 2005
2.15 p.m. (Televised) The Lillie Langtry Fillies Stakes 1m 6f
2.50 p.m. (Televised) The Audi Stakes 5f
3.25 p.m. (Televised) The Lady O Goodwood Cup 2m
4.00 p.m. (Televised) The ladbrokes.com Stakes (H'cap) 1m 2f
4.35 p.m. The De Boer Stakes (H'cap) 7f
5.10 p.m. The E.B.F. New Ham Maiden Fillies Stakes 7f
5.45 p.m. The Albert E.B.F. Classified Stakes 7f

Friday 29th July 2005
2.15 p.m. (Televised) The Racing UK Glorious Stakes 1m 4f
2.50 p.m. (Televised) The Oak Tree Stakes 7f
3.25 p.m. (Televised) The totesport Mile (H'cap) 1m
4.00 p.m. (Televised) The Sterling Insurance Richmond Stakes 6f
4.35 p.m. The Scottish Equitable/Jockeys Association Nursery Stakes (H'cap) 5f
5.10 p.m. The Links of London Stakes (H'cap) 5f
5.45 p.m. The Stewards' Sprint Stakes (H'cap) 6f

Saturday 30th July 2005
2.00 p.m. (Televised) The Vodafone Stakes 1m 3f
2.30 p.m. (Televised) The Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes 1m
3.10 p.m. (Televised) The Vodafone Nassau Stakes 1m 2f
3.45 p.m. (Televised) The Vodafone Stewards Cup Heritage H'cap 6f
4.20 p.m. The Vodafone EBF Maiden Stakes 7f
4.55 p.m. The Vodafone Racegoers Club Nursery Stakes (H'cap) 6f
5.30 p.m. The Vodafone Apprentice Stakes (H'cap) 1m 1f

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