DE BEERS DIAMOND DAY - NEWBURY AT ASCOT
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2005
THE WINNER - AZAMOUR (IRE) FACTFILE
4 b c Night Shift (USA) - Asmara (USA) (Lear Fan (USA))
Owner: H H Aga Khan Breeder: H H Aga Khan
Form: 11/32113-411 Trainer: John Oxx IRE Jockey: Mick Kinane
Home-bred by the Aga Khan, Azamour is the fourth foal of Asmara, a Listed winner at Leopardstown in 1996, making him a half-brother to three winners in Ahsanabad, Arameen and Arawan. He had two outings as a two-year-old in 2003, winning on both occasions in a seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh and the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes over a mile at the same course. Azamour’s classic year began with a fine effort in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, where he occupied third place behind Haafhd and Snow Ridge. On the basis of that performance, he was sent off the 6/4 favourite for the Irish 2,000 Guineas, but was unable to cope with the late run of Bachelor Duke and finished second, beaten a length. However, on his next outing he reversed both the Newmarket and the Curragh form when landing the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot by a neck from Diamond Green, with Haafhd in fourth and Bachelor Duke seventh. He was then rested until the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September, when the step up in trip to 10 furlongs proved no problem as he defeated Norse Dancer by half a length with the likes of Powerscourt, Grey Swallow, Rakti and Doyen trailing behind. The 2004 season ended with Azamour attempting to pull-off the Irish/Newmarket Champion Stakes double. At Newmarket, he seemed unsuited by the soft ground as he came home in third behind Haafhd. This season, Azamour was first seen out in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 22, when he shaped promisingly to finish fourth to Grey Swallow, despite looking a little ring rusty and being unsuited by the softish going. That performance certainly set him up well for his latest outing in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot at York on June 15, when he scored comfortably by a length from Ace in a field that also included the likes of Warrsan, Norse Dance and Ouija Board. He won today’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in tremendous style, breaking the course record.
H H Aga Khan
Born in Geneva on December 13, 1936, the Harvard-educated Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, is the son of Prince Aly Khan, whose racing interests he inherited after his father’s death in a car accident in May, 1960. However, it was not until the 1970s that the Aga Khan resumed the family’s rich racing traditions. His grandfather won the Derby five times with Blenheim (1930), Bahram (1935), Mahmoud (1936), My Love (1948) and Tulyar (1952). In 1973, he built a new stud in Normandy, the Haras de Bonneval, and in 1978 opened the magnificent Aiglemont complex near Chantilly, which includes a 100-box training centre, a chateau where the Aga resides, and an office building from where the owner’s worldwide business interests - which include an airline, hotels and a resort in Sardinia - are conducted. The Aga Khan has an enterprising breeding policy and is never afraid to use stallions away from the mainstream. He races only home-breds but is always keen to acquire new bloodlines, as when paying Ù1.3 million in September, 1977, for 82 mares, yearlings and foals owned by Francois Dupre’s widow, Anna, and Ù4.7 million the following year for more than 100 head of bloodstock owned by the late Marcel Boussac. Earlier this year, he further strengthened his bloodstock interests when purchasing 188 horses from the Lagardere Family, in a deal estimated between to be worth between 40 and 50 million Euros. Gilltown and Sallymount Studs in Ireland provide over 2,000 acres of pastures and further paddocks in France, where his farms include the Haras de Saint-Crespin. He has seen his famous emerald green and red colours carried to victory in the Vodafone Derby four times, the most memorable being the record-breaking 10-length victory in 1981 of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Shergar, who also went on to triumph in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. Shahrastani, also trained by Stoute, held off the fast-finishing challenge of Dancing Brave in 1986, Kahyasi triumphed for Luca Cumani two years later while Sinndar in 2000 became the first horse to win the Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season. The Aga Khan, whose full title is His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, boycotted British racing from December, 1990 until Royal Ascot in June, 1995, as a result of his filly Aliysa’s disqualification from the 1989 Oaks. Aliysa tested positive to camphor in her post-race dope test and, after losing a long battle with the Jockey Club, the Aga Khan withdrew his horses from Britain. A positive test led the owner to withdraw 30 horses he had with Cumani in January 2000, with Sir Michael Stoute the chief beneficiary. Dalakhani, trained by Alain de Royer Dupre in France, gave the owner a fifth French Derby success in 2003, while he won the Budweiser Irish Derby for the fourth time that season with Alamshar, who went on to land the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and Dalakhani crowned a great season when landing the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Last season, his main standard bearer was Azamour, who won the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes. The same horse provided him with his biggest success so far this season when taking the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot at York, where he was also successful with Valixir in the Queen Anne Stakes. Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Wins: 1981 SHERGAR; 2003 ALAMSHAR; 2005 AZAMOUR
John Oxx IRE
Born July 14, 1950, John Oxx has built up an outstanding training record since saddling his first winner - Orchestra - at Phoenix Park on March 31, 1979. In 1978 he had taken over the licence upon the retirement of his eight-time classic-winning father - also John - and is now the principal Irish trainer to the Aga Khan and Sheikh Mohammed, while other major owners include Lady Chryss O’Reilly and Lady Clague. Oxx has a particularly good record with fillies, headed by the great Ridgewood Pearl, whose victories in 1995 included the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Prix du Moulin and culminated in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Belmont Park. He has also enjoyed classic success in the Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla and 1998 Winona) and Irish St Leger (1987 Eurobird and 1989 Petite Ile). However, Oxx enjoyed his greatest successes with Sinndar, who in 2000 became the first horse to win the Vodafone Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season. He has also trained seven winners at Royal Ascot and won the Budweiser Irish Derby again in 2003 with Alamshar, who went on to land the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. Oxx is also involved in racing politics as a former chairman of both the Irish National Stud and Association of Irish Racehorse Trainers and is currently a trustee of RACE (the Irish Racing School).
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record: 2003 ALAMSHAR (WON), 2000 Raypour (6th); 2005 AZAMOUR
Born in Co Tipperary on June 22, 1959, Michael Kinane rode his first winner on March 19, 1975, at Leopardstown on Muscari and served his apprenticeship with Liam Browne. He was champion Irish apprentice in 1978 and has been Irish champion jockey 13 times, most recently in 2003 with 104 successes. He was first jockey to Dermot Weld from 1984 until 1998 and was retained by Aidan O’Brien from 1999 until 2003, when he joined John Oxx’s stable. Kinane, who has regularly spent his winters riding in Hong Kong, boasts success in many of top races around the world in a glittering career. He has won the Vodafone Derby twice, on Commander In Chief in 1993 and the O’Brien-trained Galileo in 2001, and the Vodafone Oaks in 1998 on Shahtoush and in 2001 on Imagine. He won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1989 on Carroll House and in 1999 on Montjeu, the 1993 Melbourne Cup on Vintage Crop, the 1990 Belmont Stakes on Go And Go and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes four times (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo). Kinane enjoyed a brilliant season in 2001 that, along with Galileo, included wins in the Oaks on Imagine, St Leger on Milan and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Johannesburg. He landed the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2002 and 2003 (dead-heating) on High Chaparral. The 1000 Guineas is the only British classic still to elude Kinane. He has had 37 Royal Ascot wins.
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes Record):1990-1 BELMEZ, 1994-1 KING'S THEATRE, 1996-2 Classic Cliche, 1997-2 Pilsudski, 1998-4 Daylami, 2000-1 MONTJEU, 2001-1 GALILEO, 2003-11 Grandera, 2005-1 AZAMOUR
Race Five: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
AWESOME AZAMOUR IS KING
Azamour came from last to first to smash the 54-year-old course record for the mile and a half at Newbury with a vintage performance to win the Group King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with £ 650,00 in prize money.
Taking almost a second off the previous best time of Vidi Vici, the Aga Khan’s Azamour, given a supremely confident ride by Mick Kinane, swept majestically through the field to win by an easy length and a quarter from Norse Dance, with Bago finishing third.
Bookmakers were quick to offer quotes for the Arc, varying from 7-2 (Hills and Corals) to 5-1 (Ladbrokes), and John Oxx, paying his first ever visit to Newbury and making it three from three with his runners in Britain this year, is ready to take on the world.
Oxx said: “You dont like to hear the commentator say ‘he is going to have to pass them all if he is going to win’, but Mick knows Azamour’s strengths, and I was never really worried.
“When he did make his move he cut through them like a knife through butter, and he was in a different league. He pricks his ears and dosses when he hits the front - he will never win by more than two lengths.
“It takes a special horse to win Group 1s at a mile, 10 furlongs and a mile and a half, but Mick was always confident that he would stay, and Azamour has proved that he is that special horse.
“The Irish Champion Stakes is the next logical race, followed by the Arc provided the ground was right. He can handle slow ground better now that he is that much older, but he would not want it bottomless in Paris.
“After that it would either be the Champion Stakes at Newmarket or the Breeders’ Cup. It is back in New York this year, and it is 10 years since we won the Mile with Ridgewood Pearl, so it would be nice to go back.”
Kinane, celebrating his fifth King George victory, was lavish in his praise of Azamour.
He said: “They went off far too fast and I knew that they would pay the penalty.
“Drawn 12, I was determined not to get involved in a scrap early on. Inevitably, I would have been pushed seven wide and I did not want any of that, so I dropped him out and took my time. I knew that if there was any trouble it would be up the inside, so the best place to be was wide.
“When I did make my move he scythed through them, and in the end I have got there too soon. He is a hell of a horse, and John Oxx has done a terrific job with him. He is a high-class trainer and a high-class man, and it is great to be associated with him.”
Race Five: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
THREE JOCKEYS REFLECT
Kerrin McEvoy, on the sixth Doyen, remarked: “He ran better but I am still not entirely happy with Doyen. He has improved on his run at York but is not up to his best form of last year.”
Pat Smullen, rider of the seventh Grey Swallow, said: “The ground was too firm - he never let himself down - I knew I was in trouble after a furlong.”
Richard Hills, eighth on Eswarah, said: “The Queen came into the parade ring and the crowd clapped and Eswarah lost her cool. She was very sweaty down at the start - just a filly at this time of year.”
Race Five: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
THE PLEASED OWNER
The winning owner, the Aga Khan, reflected on Azamour’s tremendous success in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
He said: “I did not imagine that he would win so easily but I had a pretty good feeling about him.
“We wanted to do as little as possible in the first part of the race. He is playful rather than troublesome (when asked Azamour’s behaviour).
“He is certainly one of the best horses I have ever had. We will see how he takes this race but I would think we will probably stay at a mile and a half now. He didn’t show any difficulty here.
“If it was a quagmire at the end of the year, we won’t run (in the Arc). We were very aware that this was a very strong field. Azamour came very easily in the last two furlongs to take it up and Mick (Kinane) was worried that he had got there too soon.”
FIFTH RACE PLACED QUOTES
KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES
DANCER SO NEAR TO GROUP 1 VICTORY
Five-year-old Norse Dancer put in another gallant effort to belie his 50/1 odds when a fast-finishing second to Azamour in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
“What a horse,” said Norse Dancer’s owner Jeff Smith. “ And he just edged out the third. His other best run was when second to Azamour in the Irish Champion Stakes and take nothing away from the winner but any other year we would have probably won three Group 1s.
“You’ve got to be pleased to finish second in a great race like that but sometimes I just want to sit down and cry.
“He’s been so consistent for so long at Group 1 level - it goes on and on and still we haven’t won one. It would be wonderful for the horse as much as for his connections to win a Group 1. I don’t think the trip matters to him, whether it’s a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half.”
Bago bounced back to his best to finish third and Alan Cooper, racing manager to the Niarchos family, said: “I think this bears out what Jonathan (Pease) said about his back problem, he looked so much happier today than when he ran at Saint-Cloud and it’s good to see him return to form. He upheld the Juddmonte International form with Norse Dancer, who just beat him on the line for second.
“The Breeders’ Cup has always been the plan this year and there’s a strong possibility he’ll go for the Arc again, he’ll have a break until the autumn now. I hope we have a chance to meet the winner again.”
Clive Brittain, trainer of fourth-placed Warrsan, said: “I knew he was back on song today and if he hadn’t got roughed up early on he would have finished a lot closer. When he wanted to get out he couldn’t.”
Supplementary entry Policy Maker finished last and owner Alec Wildenstein commented: “The race was run at a snail’s pace and it didn’t suit him.”
JOCKEYS CALL GROUND GOOD TO FIRM
Jockeys riding in the first race were happy with the ground, all agreeing that it was good to firm.
Alan Munro reported: “It’s still good to firm although they are just taking the top off a bit, it’s a little loose on top. But there is no jar in it at all.”
Martin Dwyer described it as “perfect, fast racing ground”, Jimmy Fortune said “it’s good to firm” while winning rider Mick Kinane commented “it’s good, fast ground.”
Richard Hughes said “it’s much better today” while Jamie Spencer stated “it’s OK but just lifting up a bit on top.”
Marcus Tregoning, who saddled two runners in the first race, said: “I walked the course two days ago and then after racing yesterday and they have done an amazing job with the ground here.”
Race One: EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes
REGAL ROYALE MAKES STUNNING DEBUT
Impressive is the only way to describe the debut success of Regal Royale, who whizzed home by an easy two lengths in the opening EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes.
Mick Kinane never had a moment’s anxiety on the 9-2 chance, who was afterwards given a 25-1 quote for next year’s 2000 Guineas with Hills, Ladbrokes and Cashmans, though Paddy Power offer 33-1.
Home-bred by the Cheveley Park Stud, Regal Royale is the fifth winner, though the first colt, for their first-season sire Medicean.
Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “I trained the sire and dam (Regal Rose), and this looks another quality colt.
“He jumped well and was always travelling, and, though we don’t know the strength of the opposition, we have always liked him. He is a handsome colt and, hopefully, has inherited much of the ability of his mum, who won at Ascot’s King George meeting as a two-year-old but was injured before the Guineas.”
Chris Richardson, managing director of the Cheveley Park Stud, said: “Medicean has made a very good start. We like supporting our own stallions, and, though Regal Royale was a bit edgy beforehand, he was impressive on the return journey.”
SECOND RACE WINNING QUOTES
WILLIAMSON DIAMOND HANDICAP
The Brian Meehan-trained Star Of Light benefited from a step up in trip to a mile and a quarter to land the Williamson Diamond Handicap by a length and a quarter from Courageous Duke.
“I thought he was happy enough at a mile but the owners kept saying we should try a mile and a quarter and they have been proved right,” said Meehan.
“I had him in all sorts of races this weekend and this looked the best one for him and I think he’s won quite easily in the end. He’s a real trier and quickened twice in the straight.
“He’s in at Goodwood but it’s very unlikely that he’ll go back there so quickly. There are a few things in the back of my mind for him and obviously you’d have to consider the Cambridgeshire.”
Consistency is Royal Prince’s middle name, and James Fanshawe’s grey ran his customary brave race when finishing third behind Star of Light and Courageous Duke, beaten less than a length and a half.
Fanshawe said: “Royal Prince has finished in the first four in 12 of his 13 races, and the fact that he always runs his race means that he gets no respite from the handicapper.
“He is entered in a couple of races towards the end of next week, including a mile race at Goodwood. However, they always go a strong gallop in those races, so we might have a look at it if he comes out of this race ok.”
Kieren Fallon rarely rides a 25-1 winner, so those punters who stayed loyal to the former champion jockey were rubbing their hands with glee after Mixed Blessing had sprung a 25-1 surprise in the Princess Margaret Stakes.
One of only two fillies to head for the stands’ rail - the other was fifth-placed Sweet Afton - Mixed Blessing had her opponents hung out to dry before the furlong-pole, clocking a time of 1m 11.19s and eclipsing Ascension’s five-year-old course record for two-year-olds over this six furlongs by 0.21s.
Fallon said: “I discussed riding tactics with Alan Jarvis and suggested we come up the stands’ side as, having cantered down in the second race, I felt it rode a bit quicker near the rails as they had watered the rest of the track.
“I thought it worth taking the chance - we had nothing to lose. The filly travelled well for me. She is a really nice filly who is in great shape and she really quickened and broke the track record.”
Jarvis, who won this race two years with River Belle, also in the Christopher Shankland colours, rates Mixed Blessing every bit as good as that filly, who later proved a dual Stakes winner in the USA.
He said: “Mixed Blessing is a gorgeous filly who loves fast ground, and, having won so well at Goodwood, she ran a blinder against the colts here last time, when she hated the rain-softened ground - I should have taken her out. She has a wonderful eye and such a great temperament and, as her half-brother (Pay the Silver) won over a mile and a half, I see no reason why she should not stay a mile in time.”
Bookmakers feel that Mixed Blessing justified a quote for next year’s 1000 Guineas, with all the major firms offering 33-1.
THIRD RACE PLACED QUOTES
PRINCESS MARGARET STAKES (GROUP 3)
DRAW BEATS NIDHAAL
Ed Dunlop, trainer of Princess Margaret Stakes second Nidhaal, felt that Kieren Fallon’s decision to take the winner Mixed Blessing to the stands rail may have cost his filly the race.
“I’m pleased with her run but it’s frustrating that the draw possibly cost us,” said Dunlop. “Richard (Hills) said he could have followed Kieren but he had no reason to so stayed with the rest of them. Who knows what would have happened if he did go with them?
“But I’m delighted that she’s run so well and that the form of her Newmarket win has held up so well. She’s a class filly and settles very well. Unfortunately I don’t think we are able to supplement her for the Lowther Stakes at York.”
Nidhaal is 20/1 second favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas with Cashmans who have introduced third-placed Nannina at 33/1 into their betting for the classic.
“She ran a great race but got pushed across the track and couldn’t get on an even keel,” said Nannina’s trainer John Gosden. “I’m delighted with her and will probably freshen her up and then go for the Prestige at Goodwood. I’ll step her up to seven furlongs as her dam won over that trip and her sire, Medicean, is a miler. He is looking a really promising stallion with Regal Royale winning very well in the first.
“We are taking a view towards next year with her as she is still a little bit up behind.”
FOURTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
totesport INTERNATIONAL (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
MORE BIG-RACE GLORY FOR SEEKER
Clive Cox’s flagbearer New Seeker, winner of the 2003 totesport International Handicap, landed the valuable prize for a second time when scoring under a front-running ride from Philip Robinson.
The winner also landed the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot at York last month for his owners, the Elite Racing Club, and Cox said: “From his draw it was an awesome performance, it was some effort do that with his weight. This is a day I’ll never forget.
“It’s a big thank you to all my staff, who’ve helped keep him in good shape both physically and mentally. Blinkers just help as he’s a five-year-old front-runner.
“It was also an admiral effort from Philip, it’s not just a matter of going off in front, you’ve got to judge the pace right and keep a bit up your sleeve.
“I knew he was in as good form as before Royal Ascot and we’ll have to have a crack at a Group 3 somewhere now, although I’ve no idea where.”
Race Four: totesport International Heritage Handicap
More Win Quotes:
ROBINSON GETS ACROSS ON NEW SEEKER
Winning rider Philip Robinson, besieged afterwards by Elite Racing Club members wanting his autograph, said: “I looked at both sides of the track going down to the start and the stands’ side was definitely the favoured side.
“Luckily, we had plenty of speed early on and were able to get across there and then conserve a bit for the finish.
“The horse is a good one and the trainer has worked very hard with him.”
FALLON SUSPENDED FOR ONE DAY
Kieren Fallon was suspended for one day for failing to keep straight leaving the stalls on Mixed Blessing when winning the Princess Margaret Stakes.
The suspension is on Wednesday, August 3.
Race Four: totesport International Heritage Handicap
“IF ONLY IT HAD RAINED” - LODER
David Loder rued the fact that the forecast rain never arrived at Newbury after his smart three-year-old Goodricke had beaten all but the more-experienced New Seeker in the hugely-competitive £ 150,000 totesport International Handicap.
“This was my Derby,” reflected Loder. “Goodricke lets himself down that much better when there is some juice in the ground.
“He never came off the bridle when he won four lengths over six furlongs here last time but, though he is a full-brother to July Cup winner Pastoral Pursuits, it was hard to accept that he is a sprinter out there as he was off the bridle all the way. That is the difference the ground makes to him.
“We will have to look at Group races now for Goodricke, but all credit to New Seeker. He is a hard horse to knock over in these big handicaps.”
Pivotal Flame, who raced with the far side group, finished only 11th, but Darryll Holland was adamant that with any luck he would have won.
He said: “If he had kept straight he would definitely have won. He jinked for some reason - he has never done it before and he had quickened clear, but I lost all momentum and that was that.”
SIXTH RACE WINNING QUOTES
POLAR STAR DIAMOND HANDICAP
MANSER LANDS BIGGEST SUCCESS
Kent-based amateur rider Kylie Manser rode the biggest success of her career when steering 33/1 chance Mine Behind to win the Polar Star Diamond Handicap by a head from Arctic Desert.
“I wanted to sit behind them but I couldn’t get any cover,” said a delighted Mansell.
“I kept seeing daylight and I had to go for it. It’s a fantastic feeling to have won a race like this.”
Race Six: Polar Star Diamond Handicap (Ladies Race)
SO CLOSE FOR LIZ
Clonmel-born Liz Lalor, who had never ridden in Britain before, had the self-confidence to ring up Andrew Balding for the mount on Arctic Desert in the Polar Star Diamond Handicap, and they came within a head of bringing off a fairytale success.
Liz, who has ridden winners in the point-to-point field in Ireland and also a couple under Rules, was thrilled with the ride Arctic Desert gave her.
She said: “He galloped all the way to the line, and had the race been a few yards longer he might well have won as he was coming back at the finish.
“One of the other girls tried to use me as a bumper car half-way up the straight, but I was having none of that.”
Arctic Desert carried the colours of Holistic Racing Ltd, who had earlier suffered disappointment with Phoenix Reach, who trailed in 10th in the King George.
Balding revealed that Phoenix Reach, who had produced all his best runs on foreign soil, came back with a nasty cut, yet another setback on what has been a frustrating few weeks for his stable-star.
Race Seven: Monty Charles Diamond Handicap
LOCALS CELEBRATE BAY STORY SUCCESS
Sheikh Maktoum Al-Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud, based just four miles away at Woolton Hill, had the final say on King George day, when their own Bay Story, the sole three-year-old in the race, took the Monty Charles Diamond Handicap under an enterprising ride from Joe Fanning.
A disappointing favourite at York last time, Bay Story (9-1) showed the other side of his character with a brave effort from the front.
Winning trainer Mark Johnston, who was landing this race for the third consecutive year, said: ”I did not know what to make of York, but we tried him in blinkers today and it helped him concentrate that much better.”
RAIN FORECAST OVERNIGHT
The going remains Good To Firm after racing tonight although there is significant rain forecast before tomorrow’s action.
Richard Osgood, Newbury’s Clerk of the Course, said: “We are forecast two millimetres of rain overnight between 3am and dawn and then another 10-15 millimetres during Sunday morning until about 1pm.”
Today’s attendance was 15,702.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien was fined £ 1,000 having been found in breach of Instruction J12 after Ace broke away from the parade prior to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
DRY NIGHT AT NEWBURY
The official going remains
GOOD TO FIRM
after another dry night at Newbury, though clerk of the course Richard Osgood, looking ahead to a bumper attendance for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes day, predicted that unless rain arrives before first-race time (2.05), the ground “might ride a bit quicker than yesterday”.
However, Osgood had no regrets about leaving the taps off last night and this morning.
He said: “We purposely put extra water on the course on Thursday, because the last thing trainers want is rain on top of watered ground, and, though it has remained dry so far, the possibility of showers this afternoon is increasing.
“I am very happy with the condition of the course, and the fact that we can offer fresh ground today from the mile and a half start to the two and a half furlong-pole has gone down very well.”
The 25-runner totesport International Heritage Handicap might look a lottery on paper, but punters have gone for a morning plunge on the James Fanshawe-trained Polar Magic.
Corals, Paddy Power and the Tote put their heads above the parapet when offering 5-1 about Polar Magic, and they were quickly swamped with enquiries, all three having to fall in line with their competitors in reducing their odds to 4-1.
However, Moonlight Man has also been a popular order, with Corals (from 14-1) and Paddy Power (from 16-1) both seeing plenty of money and shortening the odds to 12-1, a price which the Tote have found some of their big-hitters more than willing to take.
And the each-way money for the race has come for Amanda Perrett’s Khabfair, backed from 33-1 to 16-1 with Corals, whose spokesman, Dave Stevens, said: ”The interesting thing about this move is that we have taken a string of decent size bets from clients in the Sussex area, so we have to take note.”
In the big one, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Paddy Power report a bet of Ù20,000-Ù8,000 about Azamour, but, significantly, Corals, who are a top-priced 11-4 about the Irish-trained favourite, are only too keen to stand him.
Stevens explained: “We know that we will take plenty of money for Azamour at that price, especially as he is the Pricewise selection in The Racing Post, but we feel that his odds are short enough in view of the stamina doubts, and his followers are welcome to keep on coming.”
The only other real interest has revolved around Vicious Knight (14-1 to 11-1 with both Corals and Paddy Power) for the Ladies’ race, the Polar Star Diamond Handicap, in which Blue Java has also been nibbled at from 14-1 to 12-1 with Powers.
2.05PM EBF CROCKER BULTEEL MAIDEN STAKES
Class 4, 6f 8y, £ 10,000-added, for 2yo which have not run, and which are EBF eligible. Weights: 8st 11lb Penalty values: 1st: £ 7,085; 2nd: £ 2,180; 3rd: £ 1,090; 4th: £ 545
1 REGAL ROYALE (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 2- 8-11 Mick Kinane  9-2
2 DOCTOR DASH (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 2- 8-11 John Egan  20-1
3 LAKE POET (Mohammed Rashid) Clive Brittain 2- 8-11 Seb Sanders  16-1
4 INCIDENTALLY (A Ilsley & K Ivory) Richard Hannon 2- 8-11 Dane O'Neill 
5 HUNTING PARTY (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 2- 8-11 Martin Dwyer 
6 JIHAAZ (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 2- 8-11 Willie Supple 
7 BALLYBEG (Des Kavanagh & Partners) Richard Hannon 2- 8-11 Richard Hughes 
8 NAHAAR (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 2- 8-11 Richard Hills 
9 LI SHIH CHEN (Ann Jarvis) Alan Jarvis 2- 8-11 Jamie Spencer 
10 PLUM PUDDING (Hyde Sporting Promotions Ltd) Richard Hannon 2- 8-11 RyanMoore 
11 JOSH YOU ARE (Phil Jen Racing) Mick Channon 2- 8-11 Ted Durcan 
12 PEAK SEASONS (Seasons Holidays) William De Best-Turner 2- 8-11 Paul Doe 
13 DEPUTY CONSORT (Edward Evans) John Gosden 2- 8-11 Jimmy Fortune 
14 STRIFE (Lucayan Stud) Richard Hannon 2- 8-11 Johnny Murtagh  4-1fav
15 LUCKY DESERT (Miss K Davies) Mick Quinn 2- 8-11 Alan Munro 
16 PIP'S BABY (Mrs John Lee) Sylvester Kirk 2- 8-11 Darryll Holland 
16 ran Distances: 2, nk, 1/2, 1, nk, hd, 1 1/2, 5, 3/4, 3/4, nk, 3/4, 1, 5, 2 Time: 1m 14.22s Breeding: b c Medicean - Regal Rose (Danehill) Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd Tote: Win: £ 5.30; Places: £ 2.30; £ 5.30; £ 6.90; Exacta: £ 105.00
Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Classic wins: (13) 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), 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 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), 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), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady), 1998 Lovers Knot), 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, 2002 and 2003 Islington), 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), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed)
Wins in a season (1984-2004):96:120:76:105:99:116:78:83:74:65:109:73:73:84:79:81:91:75:104:115:87 Horses in training (1985-2005):145:142:142:170:186:191:n\a:171:147:157 :159:159:162:162:173:190:185:181:190:184:189 Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 7 times (1981,1986,1989,1994,1997, 2000, 2003) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket Wins This Year: 54
Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (8) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings), St Leger (2001 Milan) Other major wins include:Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2005 Donna Blini) Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Coral Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibralter); Falmouth Stakes (1996 Sensation), Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2003 One Cool Cat), Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral); Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway,2003 High Chaparral), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1994 Definite Article; 1998 Mus-If; 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev; 2000 Minardi; 2001 Johannesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Sussex Stakes (1998 Among Men, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu, 2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Wins in Britain 1992-2004: 4; 4; 23; 28; 29; 23; 24; 22; 26; 26; 15; 3; 9 Wins This Year in Britain: 15
2.35PM WILLIAMSON DIAMOND HANDICAP
Class 2, 1m 2f 6y, £ 30,000 total prize fund, for 3yo+ Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below). Weights: highest weight 9st 13lb; Penalties: after July 16, a winner 6lb. Penalty values: 1st: £ 17,400; 2nd: £ 6,600; 3rd: £ 3,300; 4th: £ 1,500; 5th: £ 750; 6th: £ 450
1 STAR OF LIGHT (J Widdows) Brian Meehan 4- 8-08 Alan Munro  14-1
2 COURAGEOUS DUKE (Lucayan Stud) Jeremy Noseda 6- 9-06 Kieren Fallon  6-1
3 ROYAL PRINCE (Gainsborough Stud) James Fanshawe 4- 9-09 Johnny Murtagh  4-1
4 BLYTHE KNIGHT (Mohammed Jaber) Ed Dunlop 5- 9-13 Mick Kinane 
5 I'M SO LUCKY (Mrs S Brookhouse) Mark Johnston 3- 9-00 Joe Fanning 
6 SOLO FLIGHT (Lady Hardy) Hughie Morrison 8- 9-01 Ryan Moore 
7 JAMES CAIRD (Kenneth Macpherson) Mark Tompkins 5- 8-12 Richard Hills 
8 GO TECH (Ryedale Partners No 4) Tim Easterby 5- 9-00 Richard Quinn 
9 NASHAAB (M Lawrence) David Evans 8- 9-01 Richard Mullen 
10 INVASIAN (Karen Sanderson) Henry Cecil 4- 9-08 Ted Durcan 
11 WHITSBURY CROSS (McDowell Racing) David Elsworth 4- 8-10 John Egan 
11 ran, Distances: 1 1/4, hd, 2, 1, sh, 1 3/4, 2, 1/2, 2 1/2, 3 Time: 2m 5.38s Breeding: 4 b g Mtoto - Star Entry (In The Wings) Breeder: J H Widdows Tote: Win: £ 18.30; Places: £ 4.70; £ 2.30; £ 2.30 Exacta: £ 141.70
Winning trainer:-Name: Meehan, Brian Joseph Date of birth:16/6/67; Date of first licence: 1/12/92; Other occupation: Thoroughbred breeding;20 months with the Irish National Stud: Wins in a season (1992-2004): 0:14:29:47:43:57:53:58:42:71:47:55:60 Horses in training (1993-2005):17:38 :60: 72:81:89:106:100:109:118:108:121:115 Major wins include: Horris Hill Stakes (1995 Tumbleweed Ridge), Schweppes Golden Mile Handicap (1995 Khayrapour), Bunbury Cup (1997 Tumbleweed Ridge), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1998 Tomba), Ballycorus Stakes (1998 & 1999 Tumbleweed Ridge), Prix de la Foret (1998 Tomba), Prix Morny (2000 Bad As I Wanna Be), Prix de Lutece (2002 Savannah Bay), Duke Of York Stakes (2003 Twilight Blues), Chevely Park Stakes (2004 Magical Romance), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2005 Donna Blini) Trains at Tumbleweed Cottage, Upper Lambourn, Berks Wins This Year: 19
Winning jockey:-Name: Munro, Alan Born: January 14, 1967 Classic Wins: Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous), Irish Derby (1991 Generous) First Winner: Sentimental Roses, Yarmouth, August, 1985 Background: Partnered his first success for trainer Barry Hills before joining Mel Brittain’s North Yorkshire stable the following year while spending winters riding in America. He moved on to ride for Bill O’Gorman, and in the spring of 1991 was appointed retained rider to owner Prince Fahd Salman, for whom he won the Derby on Generous. In the mid 1990s he headed to the Far East, riding in Japan and Hong Kong before in 2000 deciding he wanted to take a break from horses. He took up karate and is now a black belt in the sport but decided it was time for a return to racing, explaining “No-one calls and you lose your identity - you have to readjust to being just a small person in the world and it's really hard.'' He returned to Britain this season and is riding mainly for Rod Millman. Other Big Race Wins Include: Coventry Stakes (1990 Macs Imp), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous) Wins This Year: 31
3.10PM PRINCESS MARGARET STAKES
Group 3, Class 1, 6f 8y, £ 45,000 total prize fund, for 2yo Weights: 8st 9lb Penalties: a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 1 or 2 race 7lb. Penalty values: 1st: £ 26,100; 2nd: £ 9,900; 3rd: £ 4,950; 4th: £ 2,250; 5th: £ 1,125; 6th: £ 675
1 MIXED BLESSING (Christopher Shankland) Alan Jarvis 2- 8-09 Kieren Fallon  25-1
2 NIDHAAL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 2- 8-09 Richard Hills  11-4
3 NANNINA (Cheveley Park Stud) John Gosden 2- 8-09 Jimmy Fortune  16-1
4 LA CHUNGA (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 2- 9-00 Jamie Spencer 
5 SWEET AFTON (M McLoughlin) Eamon Tyrrell IRE 2- 8-09 Mick Kinane 
6 BRENDA MEOVA (D Barnard) Brian Meehan 2- 8-09 Pat Smullen 
7 VIOLETTE (C Rowles Nicholson) Sir Mark Prescott 2- 8-09 Seb Sanders 
8 TITIAN SAGA (Arabian Shield 2004) Conrad Allen 2- 8-09 Richard Mullen 
9 QUEEN OF FIRE (Lordship Stud) Mick Channon 2- 8-09 Ted Durcan 
10 FLYLOWFLYLONG (G L S Partnership) Ian Semple 2- 8-09 Joe Fanning 
11 OCEANS APART (Elite Racing Club) Paul Cole 2- 8-09 Kerrin McEvoy 
12 MORZINE (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 2- 8-09 Richard Hughes 
Winning trainer:- Name: Jarvis, Alan Peter Date of birth: 15/12/38 Apprenticeship: Walter Nightingall (Epsom 1953/56) Riding career: Professional (NH) 1965/66 Date of first licence: 1969 Trains at The Thatch, Frimley Stables, Aston Upthorpe, Nr Dicot, Oxon Major wins include: JP Morgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (2002 Jardines Lookout), Princess Margaret Stakes (2003 River Belle; 2005 Mixed Blessing) Horses in training (1995-2005): 55,55,59,49,58,59,63, 50, 44, 43, 49 Wins this year: 12
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 (1988-2004): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200* *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Wins This Year In Britain : 29
3.45PM totesport INTERNATIONAL (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Class 2, 7f, £ 150,000 total prize fund, for 3yo+ Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below). Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; Penalties: after June 25, a winner of a race value £ 10,000 3lb. Penalty values: 1st: £ 87,000; 2nd: £ 33,000; 3rd: £ 16,500; 4th: £ 7,500; 5th: £ 3,750; 6th: £ 2,250
1 NEW SEEKER (Elite Racing Club) Clive Cox 5- 9-04 Philip Robinson  12-1
2 GOODRICKE (Sheikh Mohammed) David Loder 3- 8-05 Jamie Spencer  13-2
3 PARTNERS IN JAZZ (Sporting Occasions Racing No 2) David Barron 4- 8-07 Willie Supple  16-1
4 PETER PAUL RUBENS (Richard Green (Fine Paintings)) Paul Cole 4- 9-03 Kieren Fallon  11-2
5 TRAYTONIC (Clipper Group Holdings) James Fanshawe 4- 8-13 Jimmy Fortune 
6 APPALACHIAN TRAIL (G L S Partnership) Ian Semple 4- 8-04 John Egan 
7 BUY ON THE RED (R Haim) William Muir 4- 7-12 Adrian McCarthy 
8 NIGHT AIR (Kevin Murphy Philip Hickey) David Loder 4- 8-07 Martin Dwyer 
9 EXCUSEZ MOI (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 3- 8-05 Kerrin McEvoy 
10 MINE (M Dawson) James Bethell 7- 9-05 Richard Quinn 
11 PIVOTAL FLAME (R Bedding) Ed McMahon 3- 8-03 Darryll Holland 
12 CROSSPEACE (Favourites Racing) Mark Johnston 3- 8-05 Joe Fanning 
13 POLAR MAGIC (R Thompson) James Fanshawe 4- 8-02 Alan Munro  4-1fav
14 MOONLIGHT MAN (J Lazzari) Richard Hannon 4- 8-05 Ryan Moore 
15 GO PADERO (Pagodero Partnership) Mark Johnston 4- 7-13 Jamie Mackay 
16 ROYAL ORISSA (Llewelyn, Runeckles) Derek Haydn Jones 3- 7-12 Richard Thomas 
17 POLAR WAY (Khalid Abdulla) Amanda Perrett 6- 9-07 Richard Hughes 
18 JUST JAMES (Lucayan Stud) Jeremy Noseda 6- 9-03 Shane Kelly 
19 TRUE NIGHT (Mrs L Scaife, Mrs S Radford) David Nicholls 8- 7-05 J Jones (7) 
20 MOAYED (Nigel Shields) Nick Littmoden 6- 8-04 Chris Catlin 
21 MILLENNIUM FORCE (Aziz Merza) Mick Channon 7- 8-10 Ted Durcan 
22 KHABFAIR (Star Pointe Ltd & Arlington Bloodstock) Amanda Perrett 4- 8-11 Johnny Murtagh 
23 SELECTIVE (Peter Savill) David Nicholls 6- 7-09 Dominic Fox (3) 
24 ROYAL STORM (The Cloran Family) Amanda Perrett 6- 9-00 Mick Kinane 
24 ran Non-runner: No 8 Cape Fear Distances: 1/2, nk, hd, 1 1/4, 1/2, hd, 1/2, 1/2, nk, 1 1/4, nk, 2 1/2, sh, nk, 3/4, 1 1/4, nk, nk, 1 3/4, 1 1/2, sh, 3/4, 1 Time: 1m 22.60s Breeding: 5 b g Green Desert - Ahbab (Ajdal) Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd Tote: Win: £ 13.70; Places: £ 2.40; £ 2.40; £ 3.70; £ 1.90 Exacta: £ 158.00
Winning trainer: Name: Cox, Clive Born: May 14, 1964 Trains at: Beechdown Farm, Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Berks Former Occupation: Professional jump and Flat jockey recording 80 winners in ten years. Rode for Peter Cundell on the Flat and Pliver Sherwood over Jumps. Started dual-purpose training from a farm in Wootton Bassett in 1992, having previously run a livery yard in Lambourn for several years. He was forced to quit a year later, having saddled three winners, due to the recession, joining Mikey Heaton-Ellis’ yard near Swindon as assistant trainer. He worked for him for seven years before taking out a trainer’s licence again in 1999 upon Heaton-Ellis’ death from motor neurone disease. First Winner On Return To Training: Bet Direct On Racing Channel Text Page 372 Handicap, March 14, 2000, Southwell Other Major Wins Include: Dubai Duty Free Handicap (2003 and 2004 Ionian Spring), Tote International (2003 and 2005 New Seeker), Prix Le Fabuleux (2003 Lago D’Orta) Wins on Flat in 2002-03: 11; 14 Wins This Year: 11 Horses In Training (2004-2005): 30; 34 Royal Ascot Wins (2): Britannia Stakes (2003 New Seeker), Royal Hunt Cup (2005 New Seeker)
Winning jockey:-Name: Robinson, Philip Peter. Born: 10/1/61 in Newmarket Apprenticeship: With father, Peter Robinson. First winner: Busting (Yarmouth, June 14, 1978) British Classic wins: (3) 1,000 Guineas (1984 Pebbles; 2001 Ameerat); St Leger (1993 Bob's Return) Other major wins include: German 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), French Derby (2000 Holding Court), Coronation Stakes (1984 Katies, 2000 Crimplene); Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2000 Crimplene) Great Voltigeur Stakes (1993 Bob’s Return); Premio Presidente della Repubblica (2003 Rakti), Vodafone Coronation Cup (2003 Warrsan); Champion Stakes (2003 Rakti); Queen Alexandra Stakes (2001, Life Is Life), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2003, Attache), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2004 Rakti), Wolferon Rated Stakes (2004 Red Fort), totespory Chester Cup (2004, 2005 Anak Pekan) Wins (1992-2004): 52,52,50,41,31,0,28,53,57,47,55,70,67 Wins This Year: 34
4.20PM KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES
Group 1, Class 1, 1m 4f 5y, £ 650,000 total prize fund, for 3yo+ Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 6lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 7lb; fillies 9st 4lb; Penalties: a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 1 or 2 race 7lb . Penalty values: 1st: £ 408,030; 2nd: £ 154,770; 3rd: £ 77,385; 4th: £ 35,175; 5th: £ 17,587.50; 6th: £ 10,552.50
1 AZAMOUR (H H Aga Khan) John Oxx IRE 4- 9-07 Mick Kinane  5-2fav
2 NORSE DANCER (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 5- 9-07 John Egan  50-1
3 BAGO (Niarchos Family) Jonathan Pease FR 4- 9-07 Thierry Gillet  5-1
4 WARRSAN (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 7- 9-07 Seb Sanders 
5 ACE (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mrs H McCalmont) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4- 9-07 Kieren Fallon 
6 DOYEN (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5- 9-07 Kerrin McEvoy 
7 GREY SWALLOW (Murry Rose Bloodstock) Dermot Weld IRE 4- 9-07 Pat Smullen 
8 ESWARAH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Michael Jarvis 3- 8-06 Richard Hills 
9 GAMUT (Gay Smith) Sir Michael Stoute 6- 9-07 Johnny Murtagh 
10 PHOENIX REACH (Winterbeck Manor Stud) Andrew Balding 5- 9-07 Martin Dwyer 
11 MUBTAKER (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 8- 9-07 Willie Supple 
12 POLICY MAKER (Ecurie Wildenstein) Elie Lellouche FR 5- 9-07 Olivier Peslier 
12 ran, Distances: 1 1/4, sh, 5, 2 1/2, hd, 3, 6, 3/4, nk, 1/2, 3 Time: 2m 28.26s (course record - previous 2m 29.2s set in 1951) Breeding: 4 b c Night Shift - Asmara (Lear Fan) Breeder: H H Aga Khan’s Studs SC Tote: Win: £ 3.40; Places: £ 1.60; £ 8.90; £ 2.40 Exacta: £ 189.20
Winning trainer:-Name: Oxx, John Mortimer Date of birth: 14/7/50 Previous occupation: Assistant to father, John Oxx Trains at: Currabeg, Ireland Business interest: farming British Classic Winner (1): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar) Other Major wins include: Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Blandford Stakes (1987 Eurobird & 1993 Foresee), Breeder’s Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), Doncaster Cup (2000 Enzeli), Gallinule Stakes (1993 Massyar & 1995 Shemaran), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Irish St Leger (1987 Eurobird & 1989 Petite Ile), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida),King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar, 2005 Azamour), Meld Stakes (1990 Khalafiya, 1991 Sardaniya), Molyglare Stud Stakes (1988 Flamenco Wave), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Pretty Polly Stakes (1993 Takarouna), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix Royal-Oak (1997 Ebadiyla), Prix Du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar) First Royal Ascot win: Ridgewood Pearl (June 21, 1995 - Coronation Stakes) Royal Ascot wins: (7) Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli), Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (2000 Katiykha), Ribblesdale Stakes (2001 Sahara Slew), St James’s Palace Stakes (2004 Azamour), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2005 Azamour), Sandringham Handicap (2005 Beautyandthebeast) Wins This Season in Britain: 3 Wins In Britain in 2003-04: 1; 3
Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (8) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings), St Leger (2001 Milan) Other major wins include:Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2005 Donna Blini) Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Coral Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibralter); Falmouth Stakes (1996 Sensation), Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2003 One Cool Cat), Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral); Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway,2003 High Chaparral), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway), July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo, 2005 Azamour), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1994 Definite Article; 1998 Mus-If; 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev; 2000 Minardi; 2001 Johannesburg), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Sussex Stakes (1998 Among Men, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu, 2003 Black Sam Bellamy) Wins in Britain 1992-2004: 4; 4; 23; 28; 29; 23; 24; 22; 26; 26; 15; 3; 9 Wins This Year in Britain: 16
4.55PM POLAR STAR DIAMOND HANDICAP (LADIES RACE)
Class 3, 7f, £ 14,000-added, for 3yo+ Rated 71-90 (also open to such horses rated 70 and below) (for riders who have ridden a minimum of 1 winner and had a minimum of 10 rides). Weights: highest weight not less than 11st 4lb; Penalties: after July 16, a winner 6lb. Allowances: riders who, prior to July 20, 2005, have not ridden more than 10 winners under any Rules of Racing 3lb; more than 5 such winners 5lb; Penalty values: 1st: £ 9,914.45; 2nd: £ 3,050.60; 3rd: £ 1,525.30; 4th: £ 762.65
1 MINE BEHIND (M Folan, R Lees, R Crampton) John Best 5-10-03 Miss Kylie Manser (5)  33-1
2 ARCTIC DESERT (Holistic Racing Ltd) Andrew Balding 5- 9-08 Miss Liz Lalor (5)  16-1
3 HAZEWIND (Waterline Racing Club) David Evans 4- 9-13 Miss Emma Folkes (5)  16-1
4 NAUTICAL (Gary Roberts) Tony Carroll 7-10-00 Mrs Sarah Bosley  13-2fav
5 VALJARV (V and J Properties) Nick Littmoden 4-10-11 Mrs Emma Littmoden 
6 TOP DIRHAM (Steve Hull & Les Welburn) Mick Easterby 7-10-06 Miss Serena Brotherton 
7 CONJUROR (Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds I) Andrew Balding 4-9-10 Miss Michaela Sowerby (5) 
8 KIRKBY'S TREASURE (Kirkby Lonsdale Racing) Alan Berry 7-10-04 Ms Carol Williams 
9 BARATHEA DREAMS (Fitri Hay) Stan Moore 4-10-06 Mrs Sarah Moore (3) 
10 VICIOUS KNIGHT (The McCauley Boys) David Nicholls 7-11-01 Miss Kelly Harrison 
11 BLUE JAVA (Pangfield Partners) Hughie Morrison 4- 9-08 Miss Gemelle Gracey-Davison (5) 
12 DISTANT COUNTRY (Peter Price) Ron Harris 6- 9-08 Miss Anna Wallace (5) 
13 ASK THE CLERK (Joanne Baines) Pam Sly 4-9-11 Miss Louise Allan (5) 
14 KAREEB (The Finos Partnership) Willie Musson 8-9-10 Miss Laura Pike (5) 
15 WILL HE WISH (Mrs D Dukes) Steve Gollings 9-10-11 Miss Lynsey Hanna 
16 DIGITAL (W Wightman) Mick Channon 8- 9-13 Miss Katie Walsh 
17 BORDER EDGE (Allsorts) John Bridger 7- 9-08 Miss Dawn Rankin (5) 
18 TREETOPS HOTEL (Tann Racing) Brian Johnson 6- 9-08 Miss Joey Ellis (5) 
19 MASTER ROBBIE (Alec Tuckerman) Mick Channon 6-10-08 Miss Nadine Forde (5) 
20 SALINGER (Curtis, Dundon, Macklin, Mulvihill) Peter Chapple-Hyam 3- 9-06 Miss Joanna Rees (3) 
21 DORIC (Mr & Mrs D Gamble) Brian Ellison 4-11-01 Miss Lorraine Ellison (3) 
22 TARANAKI (Eric Evers) Emma Lavelle 7- 9-08 Miss Faye Bramley (5) 
23 DANEHILL DAZZLER (Wellmet Partners) Alan Jarvis 3- 9-08 Miss Kelly Burke (5) 
24 MILLY WATERS (John Oldknow) Mark Brisbourne 4-10-11 Miss Emily Jones 
Winning trainer:-Name: Best, John Born: January 11, 1962 Trains at: Scragged Oak Farm, Hucking, Maidstone, Kent Background: former point-to-point jockey Date of first trainer’s licence: December, 1996 Wins in 2002-2004: 20; 16; 45 Horses in training (1998-2005): 9; 9; 19; 26; 23; 26; 39; 56 Wins This Season: 13
Winning jockey:-Name: Manser, Kylie Jane Based: Whitstable, Kent Wins This Year: 2
5.25PM MONTY CHARLES DIAMOND HANDICAP
Class 3, 1m 4f 5y, £ 17,500-added, for 3yo+ Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 75 and below). Weights: highest weight 10st; Penalties: after July 16, a winner 5lb. Penalty values: 1st: £ 10,822.80; 2nd: £ 4,105.20; 3rd: £ 2,052.60; 4th: £ 933; 5th: £ 466.50; 6th: £ 279.90
1 BAY STORY (Gainsborough Stud) Mark Johnston 3- 9-01 Joe Fanning  9-1
2 JACK OF TRUMPS (Mollers Racing) Geoff Wragg 5- 9-04 Steve Drowne  4-1
3 LOOK AGAIN (J Richmond-Watson) Amanda Perrett 4- 9-11 Johnny Murtagh  7-2fav
4 MARAAKEB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 4- 9-08 Richard Hills 
5 SENTINEL (Five Horses Ltd) Peter Chapple-Hyam 6- 9-08 Alan Munro 
6 NIGHTSPOT (D Deer) Roger Charlton 4- 9-04 Martin Dwyer 
7 COUNTRYWIDE LUCK (Countrywide Steel & Tubes Ltd) Nick Littmoden 4- 8-11 Pat Cosgrave 
8 SKYLARKER (Midd Shire Racing) Stuart Kittow 7- 9-01 Kerrin McEvoy 
9 HAMBLEDEN (Stag And Huntsman) Michael Jarvis 8-10-00 Philip Robinson 
10 SECRETARY GENERAL (The Blenheim Partnership) Paul Cole 4- 9-06 Richard Quinn 
11 OCEAN AVENUE (Wendy Gillings) Con Horgan 6- 9-08 Darryll Holland 
12 SALUTE (The Golden Anorak Partnership) Pat Murphy 6- 9-09 Robert Havlin 
13 TRUST RULE (Steve Hull & Graham Sparkes) Mick Easterby 5- 9-02 Terry Lucas 
Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born:Glasgow, 10/9/59 Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practiced as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA Classic wins: (2) 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001, 2002 Royal Rebel), Cherry Hinton Stakes (2003 Attraction), Chester Vase (2002 Fight Your Corner), Classic Trial (2002 Simeon), Cornwallis Stakes (1994 Millstream), Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Doncaster Cup (1995,1996 & 1998 Double Trigger), Dubai Turf Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Futurity Stakes (1994 Jural), Gordon Stakes (2002 Bandari), Great Voltigeur Stakes (2002 Bandari), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits of Love), Harvest Stakes (2002 Love Everlasting), Lady O Goodwood Cup (1995, 1997 & 1998 Double Trigger, 2000 Royal Rebel, 2004 Darasim), Lingfield Derby Trial (2002 Bandari), Ormonde Stakes (2004 Systematic)Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Fruits Of Love, 2004 Bandari), Princess Margaret Stakes (1992 Marina Park), Royal Lodge Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys), Sagaro Stakes (1995 & 1996 Double Trigger), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D'Inde), Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes (1993 Mister Baileys, 2004 Shamardal) Wins in a season (1987-2004): 1: 5: 15: 28: 31: 53: 77: 117: 114: 116: 123: 100:113:130:116: 134 (most victories in Britain): 139: 119 (most victories in Britain)
Number of horses in training (1987-2005): n/a: 17: 18: 35: 35: 39: 49: 72: 120: 117: 120:130: 147:152:159:178:178: n/a:n/a Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Wins This Season: 72
Winning jockey:-Name: Fanning, Joseph Kenning Born: September 24, 1970 First Win: Henry Will, Yarmouth, June 9, 1990 Major Wins Include: Goodwood Cup (2004 Darasim), Northumberland Plate (1993 Highflying), Vintage Stakes (2004 Shamardal) Wins (1991-2004): 43, 45, 22, 14, 17, 19,18,18,67,63,71,76,84,97 Wins This Season: 37
LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF DAY TWO
1st 2nd 3rd
Sir Michael Stoute 2 - -
John Dunlop 1 1 1
Clive Cox 1 1 -
Amanda Perrett 1 - 1
Brendan Powell 1 - 1
John Best 1 - -
Mick Channon 1 - -
Barry Hills 1 - -
Alan Jarvis 1 - -
Mark Johnston 1 - -
Brian Meehan 1 - -
John Oxx IRE 1 - -
David Elsworth - 2 -
John Gosden - 1 2
Andrew Balding - 1 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam - 1 -
Luca Cumani - 1 -
Ed Dunlop - 1 -
Emma Lavelle - 1 -
David Loder - 1 -
Jeremy Noseda - 1 -
Geoff Wragg - 1 -
Richard Hannon - - 2
David Barron - - 1
Clive Brittain - - 1
Henry Cecil - - 1
David Evans - - 1
James Fanshawe - - 1
Jonathan Pease FR - - 1
LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END OF DAY TWO
1st 2nd 3rd
Ryan Moore 2 - 1
Mick Kinane 2 - -
Kieren Fallon 1 1 -
Philip Robinson 1 1 -
Richard Quinn 1 - 1
Ted Durcan 1 - -
Joe Fanning 1 - -
Michael Hills 1 - -
Kylie Manser 1 - -
Ian Mongan 1 - -
Alan Munro 1 - -
Richard Hills - 2 1
Steve Drowne - 2 -
John Egan - 2 -
Jimmy Fortune - 1 2
Robert Havlin - 1 -
Liz Lalor - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Jamie Spencer - 1 -
Richard Hughes - - 2
Johnny Murtagh - - 2
Emma Folkes - - 1
Thierry Gillet - - 1
Seb Sanders - - 1
Willie Supple - - 1
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
ASCOT AT NEWBURY, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2005
THE 2005 KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH DIAMOND STAKES
4.20pm Group One, Class 1, Total Prize Fund £650,000., one mile and four furlongs, for three year olds and upwards. Weights: 3-y-o colts and geldings: 8st 9lb; fillies: 8st 6lb; 4-y-o and up colts and geldings: 9st 7lb; fillies: 9st 4lb (Southern Hemisphere allowance - 4yo 5lb). Entries closed June 8, 2005 (41 entries), forfeit stage July 5 (21 entries remain), five-day confirmation stage, Monday, July 18 (15 entries remain, 1 supplementary entry); final 48-hour declaration stage 10am, Thursday, July 21 (12 declared).
GOING: GOOD TO FIRM
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BP= best price at the time of writing
1) 115-332 ACE (IRE) 4-9-07 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mrs Harry McCalmont, Aidan O'Brien IRE Kieren Fallon 10
Consistent sort who has been running well and could do better than many people think. BP= 10/1
2)113-41 AZAMOUR (IRE) 4-9-07 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE Michael Kinane 12
Untested over 12 furlongs but there is no indication to suggest he will not stay the trip. Won the 10-furlong Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot at York well from Ace but the winners at that meeting have not been doing very well since. Worth opposing. BP= 11/4
3) 331-123 BAGO (FR) 4-9-07 Niarchos Family Jonathan Pease FR Thierry Gillet 2
Last year’s Arc winner has not performed as well as many hoped in 2005 but it would be unwise to dimiss the four-year-old whose preparation would have been geared for this race. BP= 5/1
4) 21100-5 DOYEN (IRE) 5-9-07 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 1
Won this race last year but has been very disappointing since. He could surprise and is a very big price. BP= 25/1
5) 145-231 GAMUT (IRE) 6-9-07 Gay Smith Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh 9
Tough sort. Was fourth last year and had things all his way in his latest race - this is much tougher. BP= 14/1
6) 43140-1 GREY SWALLOW (IRE) 4-9-07 Murry Rose Bloodstock Dermot Weld IRE Pat Smullen 4
Disappointed in last year’s Arc, having won the Irish Derby. Came back and took the Tattersalls Gold Cup from Bago in May but is a short price. BP= 7/2
7) 12/104-3 MUBTAKER (USA) 8-9-07 Hamdan Al Maktoum Marcus Tregoning Willie Supple 3
Tough and consistent performer who loves Newbury. Raced over an inadequate 10 furlongs on his first run for a while and could be a potent long shot as he likes fast ground. BP= 40/1
8) 04-1556 NORSE DANCER (IRE) 5-9-07 Jeff Smith David Elsworth John Egan 8
A horse who cannot be trusted. BP= 66/1
9) 061-152 PHOENIX REACH (IRE) 5-9-07 Winterbeck Manor Stud Andrew Balding Martin Dwyer 5
An international performer who has done very well but whether he is up to winning this is another matter. Well beaten last year. BP= 16/1
10) 2104-52 POLICY MAKER 5-9-07 Ecurie Wildenstein Elie Lellouche FR Olivier Peslier 11
Useful sort wh has won Group Twos but has yet to prove himself at this highest level. BP= 28/1
11)000-445 WARRSAN (IRE) 7-9-07 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain Seb Sanders 6
Wonderful old campaigner but does not look good enough. BP= 66/1
12) 111 ESWARAH 3-8-06 Hamdan Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis Richard Hills 7
Very talented and progressive filly. It is rare to see an Oaks winner take on the best in this way and the form is not working out well. Best going with a more established operator. BP= 8/1
A thrilling renewal which is hard to read. It is worth opposing the two market leaders on value terms but is not clear what to back. MUBTAKER is a big price and will find conditions in his favour and is therefore worth backing each-way.
ASCOT AT NEWBURY, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2005
4.20pm £650,000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes 1m 4f
15 of the last 16 winners had finished in the first three placings on their last outing
15 of the last 16 winners were aged between three and five
15 of the last 16 winners had finished in the first two at least once earlier in the campaign
14 of the last 16 winners had previously raced between one and four times earlier that season
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes moves away from Ascot for the first time in its history.
But the great Group One race has attracted a tremendous field of 12 from around Europe.
This is the contest where the best of the current generation, the three-year-olds, gets the opportunity to take on elder rivals over a mile and a half. Only one, the undefeated Vodafone Oaks winner Eswarah, takes up the challenge this year.
She bids to become only the second Epsom Oaks winner to land the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in the same season (Pawneese in 1976 was the first).
15 of the last 16 winners finished in the first three on their previous outing - the one exception during this time was Sir Michael Stoute’s 2002 hero Golan, who could only manage a sixth in the Japan Cup on his previous start, which came the season before.
Of this year’s 12 hopefuls, this rules out last year’s winner Doyen, only fifth at York on his seasonal debut, Norse Dancer and Warrsan.
When Swain was successful in this prestigious event for the second time in 1998, he became the only one of the last 16 winners not to be aged between three and five - he was six.
This does not bode well for eight-year-old Mubtaker and six-year-old Gamut.
15 of the last 16 King George winners won or finished second earlier in the season - the one anomaly being Pentire, who came third and fourth on his two earlier outings in 1996 .
All the remaining horses pass this test.
The winners of 14 of the last 16 renewals had previously raced between one and four times earlier that season. The two that didn’t were Golan and 1994 hero King’s Theatre, who were respectively making their seasonal debut and raced on five occasions previously that term. Again all seven still in the hunt pass this test.
The draw is important in any horserace and it is no different here, despite the distance, - 15 of the last 16 victorious horses were drawn in stalls two to eight. Irish Derby third Belmez was the only winner to defy this trend emerging from stall 11 in 1990.
Ace, Azamour and Policy Maker are drawn 10, 12 and 11 respectively and are dismissed.
This leaves four to choose from - Bago, Grey Swallow, Phoenix Reach and Eswarah.
A filly has not won since Time Charter in 1983 and, as was noted earlier, the last Oaks winner to go on and succeed in the same season was Pawneese. Dahlia recorded the first of her two wins in 1973 after capturing the Irish Oaks at the Curragh. This means we have to go against Eswarah.
Phoenix Reach was well beaten in the King George last year but his international travelling is an unusual route into today’s race.
French-trained horses have won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes nine times - the last time was Montjeu in 2000 - while Irish-trained horses have triumphed eight times, most recently with Alamshar in 2003.
So we can happily pick either Bago or Grey Swallow, but it is difficult to choose. Grey Swallow beat Bago three quarters of a length in the Tattersalls Gold Cup in May and has not run since while Bago was slightly disappointing when third in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
But the fact is that only six of the last 16 King George winners did not win on their previous start means Codebreaker has to favour GREY SWALLOW .